RefWorks (Legacy version)

This guide will present RefWorks to help with managing your sources as you research.

University of Arkansas ending subscription to RefWorks - December 2020

The University of Arkansas Libraries' subscription to RefWorks will end on December 18, 2020.  After that, campus RefWorks users will no longer be able to access their accounts or files.  We made this difficult decision based on budget uncertainties, cost, and the availability of free or low-cost options.

If you are just starting a citation manager, we advise that you do not select RefWorks at this time.  Information on other citation managers supported by the libraries can be found on our guide to RefWorks Transition Information.


The New RefWorks

Some of you may be seeing the following choice when you go to export references into your RefWorks account

Choice of Legacy Refworks or new RefWorks










A beta version of the new RefWorks is now available! The product is still evolving and new features are being added, so we are sticking with the legacy version for a bit longer.  If you decide to try it out, here are a few VERY IMPORTANT THINGS to remember:

  • You can keep your legacy RefWorks account along with an account in the new RefWorks while you test it out.
  • If you start a MS Word document using the legacy RefWorks and Write-N-Cite, you won't be able to finish it in the new version.  So make sure to finish all documents before you commit to the new version.
  • If you transfer your records from the legacy RefWorks into the new RefWorks, this cannot be reversed.  So be certain that you want to do this, and that you are not currently working on any Word documents in the legacy RefWorks.
  • New RefWorks has an add-in for MS Word 2016 that will replace Write-N-Cite.  It works with some versions of Office 2013, Office 2016, and later.  Write-N-Cite for Mac is available for Office 2008 and 2011.  For Mac users on Office 2016, use the RefWorks Citation Manager.

If, after reading the above VERY IMPORTANT THINGS, you decide that you would like to switchover to the new RefWorks, you can find import instructions below for moving your references and folders from the legacy RefWorks to the new RefWorks.  Remember, this step cannot be reversed.

Login to legacy RefWorks

Login to New Refworks

New RefWorks Guide

About this Guide

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This guide provides the resources to help build your own citation database using RefWorks.

  • After creating your personal RefWorks account, you may access it directly when on campus.
  • Off campus? you may be asked for the Group Code
    You can login with your UARK username and password on this page to see the group code. 
    After inputting the group code, simply login with your personalogin and password.

Refworks Help and Handouts

-Legacy RefWork Youtube channel   

   Provides over 40 helpful videos on using RefWorks.  Includes the basics as well as more advanced features.

-Legacy RefWorks Quick Start Guide

    A pdf useful for getting started with RefWorks.

-New RefWorks Youtube channel

   Provides many useful videos on using the New RefWorks.

-New RefWorks How-To Guide

    Provides instructions on using the New RefWorks.


RefWorks also holds training webinars which are available to all users.  Feel free to sign up for one on your own here.

Connect to RefWorks


Find RefWorks in our list of databases, by title.  Or by using the Databases tab:


University libraries home page on databases tab


Importing from legacy RefWorks into new RefWorks

To create a new RefWorks account:

  1. Go to and click the “Create Account” link. (DO NOT USE the "Use login from my institution" link)
  2. Fill in your information making sure to use your institutional email address (you can’t sign up with,, etc.).  Using your institutional email address will help us know whether you are entitled to an institutional account.

Once you activate your account (you'll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process), you’ll get access immediately and can get started managing your documents.

You can bring your RefWorks data into the New RefWorks from within your New RefWorks account via Import references.  In your New RefWorks account, go to Add+, then Import Reference. Once you click RefWorks on this screen, you will be asked to login to your legacy account.

NOTE: Your references will be automatically imported and folders will remain intact in New RefWorks.  Your legacy RefWorks account remains intact.