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What is RefWorks?

  • A web-based bibliographic citation manager
  • Use it to organize research--both personal and in collaboration with others, create personal databases, and generate bibliographies in APA, MLA, Turabian, and hundreds of other styles.
  • Available to all CBU faculty, staff, and students. Students have life-long access, so you can continue to use it as alumni.

First Step: Register

Create a RefWorks account:

  1. Connect to RefWorks ( If you get a message that EZproxy is an unsecure server, add it as an exception.
  2. Click "Sign up for an individual account."
  3. Fill in the form. Create a username and password (does not have to match your CBU email login).
  4. Submit form. You'll receive a confirmation email with your username and password which you'll use to access RefWorks from off-campus.

Second Step: Create a Database

  • Once registered, access your RefWorks account through any Internet connection, on or off-campus.
  • However, until you've loaded references (created a database), you can't make RefWorks do anything for you.

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