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RefWorks Beginners Guide

Use this handy guide to help you get up and running with RefWorks!


    RefWorks User Workbooks

    Download these self-study guides to practice using RefWorks on your own.


    Who can help?

    If you would like a report on your citations, impact factors and other related research information, please ask your Faculty Librarian to assist you.


    Video Tutorial: Accessing RefWorks, Creating an Account, and Logging In


    Creating an Account

    1. Open your browser and go to

    2. Make sure your screen says Login using RefWorks Credentials "Stellenbosch University".

    3. Click the Sign up for an Individual Account link.

    4. Complete the New User Information box.

    Note:  When creating your Login Name, please do not use the following characters:

    * Asterisk

    < >[ ] Brackets

    = Equal sign

    + Plus sign

    " Quotes

    \ / Slashes

    , . : ; Comma, Period, Colon, Semicolon

    1. Click Create Account.

      You will receive an email confirmation that has been customized to suit your site's requirements.

    After you click on create account, you'll be brought in to your new, empty RefWorks account where you can begin adding your references.


    Logging in to RefWorks

    Users that are part of an Organizational subscription have several ways to log in to RefWorks. The first is from an IP-authenticated computer at your organization. The second is from a computer that is not IP-authenticated (for example, your own personal computer at home).  Instructions for both methods are listed below.  

    Individual Subscribers have only one method for logging in -- from the RefWorks Login Center which you access automatically when you go to refworks.

    To log in to RefWorks:

    1. Open your browser and go to

    Logging in from Off-Site (Organizational Users Only):

    1. In your browser, go to  You'll be brought to the RefWorks Login Center where you'll see three tabs (Remote Access, Individual Log-In, Trial Log-In) .

    2. In the Remote Access tab, enter the Group Code for Stellenbosch University and click on Go To Login.

    3. Enter your personal Login Name and Password.

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