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RefWorks at CUA

arrowWhat is RefWorks?
arrowHow do I access RefWorks?
arrowHow do I use RefWorks?
arrowWhat is Write-N-Cite? And how do I use it?
arrowWhat is the Group Code? And how do I get it?
arrowWhat to do with my RefWorks account if I graduate?
arrowNeed more help?

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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a Web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other sources. Use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds with Write-N-Cite. You must create an account the first time you use RefWorks, and log into that account each time you return.


How do I access RefWorks?

Click on "Guides, Tutorials & Tools" from the left side menu at CUA Libraries' website and then click on "RefWorks", the first link under "Tools". Or click here to access RefWorks directly. If you are off campus, you then need to log into using your CUA ID. Access to RefWorks is restricted to current students, faculty and staff of the University. (Alumni can still use it via Office of Alumni Relations site.) Once you reach the RefWorks website, you will need to create or log into your personal account in RefWorks.


How do I use RefWorks?

Please view the following instruction guide and online tutorial for help in getting started.


What is Write-N-Cite? And how do I use it?

Write-N-Cite is a small free download program provided by RefWorks, which enables you to access the abbreviated version of your RefWorks account while you are working in MS Word.

To download Write-N-Cite, log into your RefWorks account. On the top bar in RefWorks, click "'Tools", and then select "Write-N-Cite" from the drop down menu. On the next page, select the right version to download, and then follow the directions on the screen.

For detailed instructions on downloading and using Write-N-Cite, please follow the links on the download page, and see the RefWorks Guide.

If you are using Write-N-Cite off campus, and don't want using the Group Code each time, you can load the WNC Proxy Configuration Utility by following these steps:

For Windows users:

  1. From the Start Menu select Programs and RefWorks
  2. Select the WNC Proxy Configuration Utility
  3. Enter this URL:
  4. Click OK.

For Mac users:

  1. Start Write-N-Cite
  2. Select Preferences from the Write-N-Cite menu
  3. Select the Proxy option and enter this URL:
  4. Restart Write-N-Cite for this proxy configuration to take effect.


What is the Group Code? And how do I get it?

The CUA RefWorks Group Code can be used as an alternative way to access CUA's RefWorks if you don't want to login using your CUA ID. The Group Code will be updated periodically. Click to find the current Group Code. (Off campus users will need to use your CUA Network login to view the code.)


What to do with my RefWorks account if I graduate?

We have RefWorks - Alumni Access set up for CUA alumni. Please see Benefits and Services at Alumni Relation site.


Need more help?

Please feel free to stop by the Information Desk at Mullen, call the phone number above, or request an appointment with a librarian using the Contact Form.

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