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Citation: RefWorks

Gettysburg College will no longer have access to RefWorks after May 31, 2024. To maintain your bibliographic references, you will need to migrate your references into Zotero or another citation manager. Please see our guide on migrating from RefWorks to Zotero.

Set up Your RefWorks Account

To create a New RefWorks account:

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  1. Go to and click the “sign up” link.
  2. Fill in your information making sure to use your Gettysburg College email address (you cannot sign up with,, etc.).  

Once you activate your account (you'll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process), you’ll get access immediately and can get started managing your documents.

If you decide to use the new version of RefWorks, check out this handy Welcome to the New RefWorks! guide. It includes information about getting started with the New RefWorks, how to import references, and more!

How to Connect with Your Gettysburg College Username/Password

You now have the option to connect your RefWorks account to your Gettysburg College username and password for a "single sign-on" experience.

You have to opt-in to this feature. For step-by-step instructions to connect your accounts, see the single-sign directions from RefWorks.

You can associate your RefWorks account with your Gettysburg College login when you create your account, as well as afterwards.

Note: you can always change this setting, but we recommend linking to your Gettysburg College username and password for ease of use.

How to Export References from Databases

There are two ways to bring references into RefWorks. You can add them manually, using the "Create new reference" option within RefWorks. Or you can directly export references from databases into RefWorks.

Across many of the library's databases, you will see options to export references. The instructions below are for any of the databases on the EBSCO platform (PsycINFO, MLA Bibliography, America: History & Life, etc.). However, the same basic instructions will apply for many of the other databases that offer this feature. If you're ever uncertain if you can export a reference, just ask at the Research Help Desk.

Exporting from an EBSCO database (like Historical Abstracts)

1. When you've run a search and found an item you want to cite, click the folder icon to add items to your personal folder. file folder icon
2. When you are done gathering items, click on the folder icon at the top of the page. file folder with document in it icon
3. Select the items you want to send to RefWorks and click on the Export icon. document export icon, document moving to the left with arrow
4. Make sure the Direct Export to RefWorks is selected and click the Save button in Academic Search Premier. round save button icon

5. You'll be prompted to select which version of Refworks you want to export to (Legacy or New RefWorks).

6. You'll be prompted to log into your RefWorks account. Once logged in, ALWAYS view the Last Imported Folder to make sure all your references transferred into RefWorks.