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Step-by-step videos and strategies for using the library's most popular resources.

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Creating an Account

Adding References

  • Direct Export
  • Import From File (PubMed)
  • Manual Entry
  • RefGrab-It

Organizing References

Formatting Papers

  • Write-N-Cite 4
  • One Line/Cite View

Backing Up Your Library

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Creating an Account

All members of McMaster's Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) with an e-mail can register for free access to RefWorks reference management software.

Adding References

Direct Export

Many of our article databases have a direct export function that allows you to transfer multiple search results directly to your RefWorks library.

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Import From File (PubMed)

Manual Entry

For books, journals, and other non-electronic resources.


Install the RefGrab-It extension/add-on for your internet browser to directly capture citation information from webpages, newspaper articles, and more.

Organizing References

It is very important to keep your RefWorks library organized.  

Remember: Move all new references to appropriate folders immediately after importing them.  

Formatting Papers (Write-N-Cite 4)

Write-N-Cite 4 is a plug-in for Microsoft Word that allows you to insert citations directly from your RefWorks library, formatting citations and bibliographies to conform to a wide-variety of citation styles.    

Installing & Logging In

In-Text Citations & Creating Bibliographies

Formatting Papers (One Line/Cite View)

One Line/Cite View is a method of inserting citations and formatting papers within RefWorks (without downloading any additional software or plug-ins).

In-Text Citations

Creating Bibliographies

Backing Up Your Library

Transferring Your Library

It's easy to transfer your McMaster-based RefWorks account to a RefWorks account at another institution:

  1. Perform a backup of your McMaster RefWorks account to generate a .rwb file.
  2. Create a new RefWorks account using the credentials provided by your new institution.
  3. Perform a Restore in your new account using the .rwb file.


Exporting Your Library for Use in a Different Reference Management Software