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What is RefWorks?

Quick Start Guide

The RefWorks Tutorial

To use RefWorks, Otterbein faculty and students must set up his or her own RefWorks account and database. A group working together can also set up an account with a shared user name and password as to share collections of citations with others.

  • Go to the RefWorks User Login page at and click on Sign up for an Individual Account. Complete the registration form.
  • You will receive a confirmation e-mail that includes your Otterbein group code. Keep that so you will be able to access RefWorks when off-campus.
  • Once you have the account set up, you can start building your own database. You can organize your references into folders and search the entire contents of your database.
  • You can also call the library reference desk
    614 823-1366 for the group code.

Instructions for exporting records from databases and importing them into RefWorks vary for different databases. Thanks to Xavier University's Marcia Poggione, detailed help screens are available for the following database vendors.

  • CSA Databases
  • EBSCO Databases
  • Electronic Journal Center
  • FirstSearch Databases
  • ISI Databases
  • OhioLINK Catalog
  • ProQuest Databases
  • PubMed
  • RLG Databases.

A link to RefWorks help will be found next to our databases listed alphabetically or by subject.

Technical Requirements for RefWorks


  • Internet Explorer Version 7.0 or later (Windows only)

  • Firefox 3.X or later (Windows, Mac and Linux)

  • Safari 3 and later (Mac)

  • Google Chrome (Windows only) Note: RefGrab-It does not work with Google Chrome

Word Processors:

  • Word for Windows 2000 or later

  • Word for Mac 2004 or later

  • You can also use any word processor including Ami-Pro, FrameMaker, OpenOffice, StarOffice, Word Perfect or any other program which allows you to save your files as RTF.

Go to RefWorks now.

If you have further questions call
Judy Carey Nevin (614 823-1366)
Allen Reichert (614 823-1164.)