User guides & support
Please see RefWorks’ comprehensive user guides or request support if you cannot find an answer below.
What is RefWorks?
RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management tool that is licensed by the library for all Jacobs University faculty, students, and staff members.
What can I do with RefWorks?
With RefWorks you can:

  • Create a personal database containing all your references in a single place accessible from anywhere.
  • Import references automatically from most research databases and library catalogs.
  • Organize and annotate references according to your own needs.
  • Format references and bibliographies for your papers or thesis automatically in all major bibliographic styles (APA, MLA, Vancouver, or thousands of other styles)
  • Check whether online access or a print copy is offered by the Jacobs University library using the library’s linking service (Find it @ Jacobs University).
  • Store your research documents along with your references – you can attach any type of file to a reference.
How do I create an account?
On Campus go to and click on “Sign up…” (German: “Für ein neues Konto registrieren”) on the left of the screen. Fill in the form and register using your Jacobs University e-mail address (… You are immediately logged in with your new account. You will also receive a confirmation mail.
Can I use RefWorks off campus?
In order to access your RefWorks account from an off-campus location, please use VPN (preferably NetVPN) since this will allow you to use all resources (databases and journals) licensed by the library and easily export data to RefWorks. However, there might be reasons why you cannot or do not want to use VPN, e.g. because you are currently using electronic resources at a different academic institution like the University of Bremen, or you are an alumnus and do not have VPN access anymore. In those cases you can use the Jacobs Group Code (included in your registration email) on the RefWorks login page before logging in with your personal login name and password. When accessing RefWorks from an off-campus location, you should be automatically prompted for the Group Code.
How can I format references and bibliographies?
RefWorks offers two ways to format in-text citations or footnotes in your papers and create a bibliography in the citation style you choose: Write-N-Cite (a plug-in available for Microsoft Word only) and Cite View.

See the step by step instructions below:

How can I import references from a specific database?
Please click on the database name below to see instructions on how to import references:

Please also see the library’s tutorial that explains by way of example how to import references from selected scholarly databases: