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This guide will show you how to use RefWorks at ACU.


You can use RefWorks with most of databases the ACU Library subscribes to.

Look for the "export" option within the database, e.g. databases within EBSCOHost (e.g. CINAHL, ATLA, MEDLINE, Education Research Complete) all provide this feature -

Screen dump showing example of export option

Choose RefWorks, and the citation will be added to your RefWorks Library -

Screen dump showing direct export option

Using Folders

Within your RefWorks Library, you will notice the option to create a new folder. This will help you organise your library.

Screen dump showing new folder button

You can also:

  • Create sub-folders (right click on the folder name)
  • Have as many folders as you like
  • Place a reference in more than one folder
  • Delete a folder, but keep the references

Learn more about organising references using folders.


The RefGrab-It feature provides you with an option to obtain information from webpages to add to your library. You can install the Internet Explorer Plug-in, Firefox Add-on and/or the Bookmarklet. 

Click on "Tools" within your library, then "RefGrab-It".    

Adding Citations Using ACU Library Search

Library Search enables you to to export details into your RefWorks Library.

When using Library Search, you will need to click on the word "Details" within the item record, then select "Send to". Choose "RefWorks".

Screen dump showing refworks button within the catalogue

Manually Adding a Reference

To manually add a reference into your library follow these steps:

1. Select "Add New" under the References menu.

Screen dump showing the add new button in refworks

2. Select your reference style.

Screen dump showing new reference fields

3. Enter the reference details into the relevant fields. NOTE: If you place your mouse over the field names (e.g. authors), you will be provided with the details on how to add information. You can also add attachments (e.g. PDF).

4. Save your new reference (or add another reference after clicking Save & Add New).