RefWorks (Legacy): Welcome to RefWorks

This guide has information on how to use RefWorks legacy (older version).

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. Alumni can also access RefWorks after graduation if an account was created as a student.

RefWorks released a new version in 2016.  USC Libraries will be supporting the classic version of RefWorks until December 2017. Starting January 2018, we will only support the new version of RefWorks. We highly suggest moving all your references to the new version soon. It’s simple!

If you already have a RefWorks account, follow these instructions to move your references to the new version.

To log in to the RefWorks classic, go to:

If you don't have a RefWorks account and want to create one, go to:

RefWorks Videos

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


For questions about RefWorks, contact:

Chimene Tucker