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UBC Research Commons: RefWorks

RefWorks Training and Support

RefWorks is a web-based citation management program that enables you to:

  • download, gather, and store references from databases and library catalogues automatically
  • format citations and bibliographies in seconds
  • connect to your RefWorks account anywhere there's web access
  • share your citations with other RefWorks users

UBC Library maintains a site license to RefWorks. It is freely available to UBC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. You can create a RefWorks account and learn more about how to use RefWorks here:

NOTICE: Systematic downloading or harvesting articles, citations, metadata (e.g. using citation managers such as EndNote or Zotero) is strictly prohibited. (You must contact Permission is required or a Text and Data Mining Package should be purchased.)

Installing and Setting Up Refworks

Workshop Materials

Video Tutorials

Get started using the New RefWorks in 20 minutes by watching the ProQuest YouTube videos:

Get started using Legacy RefWorks in 20 minutes by watching the ProQuest YouTube videos:


How are we doing? Let us know!

Did you attend one of our workshops or have a one-on-one consultation with a member of our team? We'd love to get your feedback!

New RefWorks Workshops

The Research Commons team offers monthly 2-hour workshops to get you started with New RefWorks. In these hands-on workshops, you'll learn how to import and organize your research citations and format your bibliographies in the citation style of your choice. You'll leave the workshops with a basic database of research citations and the skills to build on it.