RefWorks: Welcome to RefWorks

Brief guide to using RefWorks in the USC Libraries environment.

What is RefWorks and creating an account

​RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that helps you keep track of your research, organize citations, and create bibliographies. 

Access to RefWorks is available to all USC students, faculty and staff at no cost. A current USC email address is needed to create the account. Alumni can also access RefWorks after graduation if an account was created as a student.

RefWorks released a new version in 2016. To create an account, see below.

How to create a REFWORKS account:

  1. Go to
  2. Select Create Account.
  3. Enter your USC email address 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.

RefWorks Videos

The series of videos below highlight the different features of RefWorks. More videos are available on the RefWork's Youtube channel.

RCM or Refworks Citation Manager

RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) is an add-in for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Word Online, and Google Docs that allows you to create in-text and reference page citations for sources you have organized and curated metadata for in your RefWorks Browser application.


For questions about RefWorks, contact:

Chimene Tucker



RefWorks Write-n-Cite Downloads

Write-n-Cite is a Microsoft Word plugin that allows you to quickly insert and edit citations from your RefWorks account, adding them to your bibliography as you go. Write-n-Cite for Word is available for both Mac and Windows (32-bit and 64-bit).