RefWorks: Get Started

Brief guide to using RefWorks in the USC Libraries environment.


Welcome Students & Faculty!

This is the RefWorks Guide. Browse through the tabs to find tutorials and other help in using RefWorks at USC.

RefWorks is a Web-based citation manager that allows you to import references from text files, web sites or online databases. You can use RefWorks to format a paper and a bibliography in seconds.

NOTE: A new version of RefWorks is available! 

This update to RefWorks is a new way to collect, manage and organize research papers and documents. The new version allows you to read and annotate pdfs, share folders and save citations from a website. And Write-N-Cite is compatible with Microsoft Word and Google Docs. 

  • New RefWorks users will be able to create an account with this new version (instructions below). 
  • All accounts using the older version will be migrated to the new version at the end of October.
  • Current users can start using the new version now. Follow these instructions to move all your references to the new RefWorks.

Log in to the new version:

Log in to the older version:

Create an account

Steps to create an account in the new version of RefWorks

  1. Go to
  2. Select Create Account.
  3. Enter your USC email and select the Check button.
    • You will get a confirmation on the next screen about RefWorks being available at USC.
  4. Enter a password to create the new account and select the Sign Up button.
  5. An activation email will be sent to your USC email address.
    • To start using RefWorks, check your USC email and click on the activation link.


Steps to create an account in the older version of RefWorks

  1. Start by clicking this link and then enter the USC Group Code if prompted (If you are on-campus, you may not be asked): RWUSC
  2. Click on the Find an Institution button and "Create an account at University of Southern California" should then appear in the middle of the dialog box.
  3. Fill out the rest of the dialog box with your information and click on the Next button.
  4. Finish filling out the dialog box. Click on Create Account and you're done!


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Montgomery Ross Fisher (MRF) 104C
University Park Campus

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