RefWorks is currently developing a new and improved version of itself referred to simply as the new RefWorks. At this time, the new RefWorks does not have all of the same functionality as the old RefWorks, which is now referred to as legacy RefWorks. As such, we will not be migrating our subscription to the new RefWorks until all of the kinks have been straightened out. If you are prompted with a choice between the legacy version (orange) and the new version (blue), please select the legacy version (orange).



We will let you know when the new version is ready for prime time. As always, if you need assistance, please feel free to contact us.

ProQuest & RefWorks downtime 1/16/2016

ProQuest will have planned downtime for maintenance on Saturday, January 16, 2016, beginning at 9:00 PM (CST) and lasting for approximately 8 hours through 5:00 AM (CST) on Sunday, January 17th, 2016.

This includes all of our resources on the ProQuest platform, including ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source, Dissertations and Theses Database, and RefWorks/RefShare.

More information on the outage can be found on the ProQuest web site:



RefWorks downtime starting Saturday night, Aug.8th

RefWorks logo

RefWorks will be down for maintenance starting at 9pm, Saturday, August 8th, and lasting 8 hours until 5:00 am on Sunday, August 9th.

During this time RefWorks will not be available, and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may cause, and we appreciate your patience while RefWorks is unavailable.

Introduction to RefWorks Classes

There are two upcoming Introduction to RefWorks classes. One will be held at the Isch?® Library on Wednesday, February 19 11am – Noon in the Computer Classroom (Room 405). The second class will be held at the Dental Library on Thursday, February 20 Noon – 1pm.

RefWorks is a Web-based bibliography and database manager. It allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from online databases and automatically format a paper and bibliography in seconds.

In this hands-on course participants will learn how to:

-Create a personalized RefWorks log-in that is accessible from anywhere
-Import references from PubMed & other databases
-Organize references into folders and share folders
-Format references into a Works Cited page
-Explore RefWorks tools to simplify the paper writing process (Write-N-Cite, RefGrabit)
-Each LSUHSC user will create and use a personal log-in

To register, send an e-mail to or call 504-568-6100.

Upcoming “Introduction to RefWorks” Class

Are you searching for a better way to manage your resources and have no idea where to start? We have the solution for you!

Next Wednesday, October 16th, from noon to 1pm, the Isch?® Library will be offering an introductory Refworks class. Refworks, a web-based bibliography and citation manager supported by the Library, is a useful tool for organizing your online references. If you’d like to familiarize yourself with Refworks before attending the class, please visit :?á
The class will be held in the Library’s computer classroom on the 4th floor of the Resource Center Building on October 16th from noon to 1pm.
Anyone associated with the LSU Health Sciences Center and interested in getting started with RefWorks should definitely plan to attend.
Please contact the instructor, Head Dental Librarian Julie Schiavo, via email at or by phone at 504-941-8162.

Problem installing Write-n-Cite?

Some users new to RefWorks came across this message when attempting to install Write-n-Cite on their school laptops:

ÔÇ£Microsoft visual studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (x86) needs to be installed for this installation to continue.ÔÇØ

Write-n-Cite requires the users to have Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 installed on their computers.?á It is a free download available from the Microsoft website: ?á

Once that program is installed, you may proceed with the?áinstillation?áprocess.


If you would like more information about RefWorks and Write-n-Cite please email the reference librarians, ?áKeep an eye out for upcoming Introduction to RefWorks classes.



Write n Cite 4 from RefWorks now available

A new edition of Write n Cite is now available from RefWorks, our bibliographic citation manager. The new edition fits seamlessly into MS Word.


  • Windows: MS XP, Vista and Windows 7 compatibility (Support Word 2007 and 2010)
  • Mac: OS X 10.5-10.7?ácompatible (Support for Word 2008 and 2011)
  • Instant citation formatting
  • Seamless online/offline access
  • Fully integrated into the Office Ribbon (Windows version)

Here’s a short video showing how it works. For help installing onto your computer, contact Molly Knapp atáor attend one of our RefWorks Classes.?á(There’s one tomorrow – Tuesday 6-12 at 10 AM in the library.)


If the link doesn’t work point your browser to:

RefWorks Downtime this weekend

RefWorks logo

RefWorks logo

This weekend, ProQuest has scheduled a Maintenance Window that will affect all RefWorks services for a few hours.

The Maintenance Window is scheduled to start at 11pm CST, ?áSaturday, May 5th.

The work should take about 5 hours, ending at ?á4:00 AM CST, Sunday, May 6th.

While this work takes place, RefWorks services including RefMobile, RefAware, and Write-N-Cite will be unavailable.?á In their place, we will post a message that will be updated with any changes to the Maintenance Window schedule.?á There will be a short period of up to one hour when even this message will not be available.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

RefWorks User Name Changes

RefWorks logo

Just a quick update, some of our RefWorks users ?ámay receive an email from RefWorks-COS Support Services []?árequesting them to update their RefWorks username this week. (I did!)

This is legitimate – RefWorks is moving everyone to unique user names in order to simplify the login process. They suggest using your email as a new username, but that is not required. So if you’re like me, and use something like librarygrrrl42* as a username, well, go right ahead.

Any questions or issues about RefWorks please call Molly Knapp at 568-6100 or email

Full text of RefWorks email follows.

*not actual username

—–Original Message—–

From: RefWorks-COS Support Services []
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 2:34 PM
To: Knapp, Maureen
Subject: RefWorks Needs Your Help!

Dear RefWorks User,

We are asking RefWorks users – like you – who have the same login name as a RefWorks user at a different institution to select a new login name.

This change will enable us to streamline access for you and others by eliminating Group Codes during the log in process.

Changing your login name takes only a few seconds:

Log in to RefWorks

Click on the “Update Profile Link” in the upper right corner?á Choose a new log-in name (we recommend using your email address)

Thanks for your help!

RefWorks-COS Support Services


RefWorks “Classic” view

RW logoRefWorks Classic will no longer be available as an interface in RefWorks as of today, December 31st, 2011.

View a tutorial on the RefWorks 2.0 interface.

For questions or training contact Molly Knapp. RefWorks classes will resume in January.

Upcoming changes to Refworks

RW logoRefWorks, our free Web-based bibliography and database manager which can format a paper and bibliography for you, has some improvements scheduled for the near future:

December 31st, 2011: “Classic” interface goes away. (This only matters if you are an old-school power user.)

January 2012: Group Code no longer needed to login to RefWorks off campus. (It will, however, still be needed to create a RefWorks account off campus.) FAQ

Spring 2012: Updated version of Write-n-Cite will be available.

The new version of Write-N-Cite will run on Word for Windows 2007 & 2010 as well as Word for Mac 2008 & 2011. You’ll get the same features on either platform, and sharing documents between computers is as easy as opening a file.

For questions or training contact Molly Knapp. RefWorks classes will resume in January.

2 Minute Tips: Write-n-Cite

Two Minute tips is a series on our blog where we bring you short video tutorials on various tools and resources in the library.

Today weÔÇÖll look at Write-n-Cite. ItÔÇÖs a Microsoft Word Add-in from RefWorks (our bibliographic manager) that inserts citations as you write a paper, then formats the whole thing into a bibliography for you. Check it out!

Write n Cite Video tutorial

Want to learn more? ThereÔÇÖs a RefWorks class on Monday August 15th 10-11 AM. Call us to sign up.

2 Minute Tips: RefGrabit from RefWorks

2 Minute tips is a new series on our blog where we bring you short video tutorials on various tools and resources in the library.

Today we’ll look at RefGrab-it. It’s a bookmark tool from RefWorks (our bibliographic manager) that makes it easy to grab PubMed citations and format them into a bibliography. Check it out!

RefGrab-it Video tutorial

Want to learn more? There’s a RefWorks class on Monday August 15th 10-11 AM. Call us to sign up.

RefWorks 2.0

RefWorks your web-based reference manager is getting a new look. If you have already created Refworks personal databases, please convert to the RefWorks 2.0 as soon as possible and take advantage of the cleaner, more intuitive interface. Not familiar with Refworks? Create a new log-in (free) and begin managing your references with RefWorks 2.0.

RefWorks 2.0 allows you to manage your references anywhere you have access to the Internet!
You can:
ÔÇó Search PubMed (within RefWorks)
ÔÇó Directly import your selected PubMed citations
ÔÇó Store your references in folders (including attaching the full-text of the article)
ÔÇó Share your references with your collaborators
ÔÇó Add your references as you type a paper (write-n-cite)
ÔÇó Create and format bibliographies in the citation style you need

Try the RefWorks 2.0 tutorial to get a glimpse of what you can do to get organized.
For more information about RefWorks 2.0 and other super cool ways to gather your references including searching SCOPUS and directly exporting citations to your RefWorks account contact Kathy Kerdolff.

To switch between old and new versions, simply use the links at the top right of the screen. RefWorks 1.0 will be available through December 2011.

Old RefWorks Design

Old RefWorks Design

New RefWorks Design

New RefWorks Design

RefWorks in 15 minutes

If you have 15 minutes then you have time to get a quick introduction to a free information management tool called RefWorks.

RefWorks in 15 minutes will be offered online January 6, 12, 18 & 27th. Register here.

Similar to EndNote, RefWorks lets you search, organize and manage your references. Since it lives “in the cloud”, once you create your free account**, you can access it from any computer at any location.

Some things RefWorks can do:

  • Format a paper or bibliography for you in the citation style you need.
  • Instantly add references as you type a paper in MS Word
  • Search PubMed (or another database) from within RefWorks
  • Share references with other people

A live RefWorks class will be taught by local RefWorks expert Molly Knapp on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 from 10-11 am. Email for more information.

**RefWorks is available free to LSUHSC students, faculty and staff.