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RefWorks: RefWorks Account

Welcome to RefWorks

RefWorks is an extremely efficient tool to create bibliographies, references and organize your research. It saves times by importing records from our most popular databases.

RefWorks, like all machine-generated bibliographic citation tools, is not fool-proof.  In all citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) proofread your bibliography and make sure capitalization and punctuation are correct and all necessary bibliographic information is included in the citation. To check the accuracy of your bibliography/reference list, please check the Citing Sources Research Guide.

For known issues, see the Creating Bibliographies & Citations page.

Creating a RefWorks Account - Start Here

Instructions for Creating a RefWorks Account

  1. Go to RefWorks and click on Create Account (located at the bottom of the box).
  2. Use your Iona email address to sign up for a new RefWorks account, personal email addresses are not valid.
  3. Your Iona email address becomes your login name.  Note: Don't select your Institution.
  4. An activation email will be sent and you will need to validate your account to continue. *Note: the verification email usually comes to your Junk folder in Outlook. 
  5. Click on the link in the activation email and you will be directed back to RefWorks to enter your name, role, and department affiliation.
  6. You will be asked if you’d like to install the Save to RefWorks web browser button (a way to import citations from web pages)  Note: You can temporarily add this to the browser's toolbar on Iona College lab computers; it will erase after you shut down the computer.  However, you can permanently add Save to RefWorks to your personal devices.  See Save to RefWorks button page.

Note:  Your RefWorks account is NOT connected with your Iona log-in credentials.

Getting Started with RefWorks Video

 Accessing RefWorks: How to create an account.


Use Create an Account - Iona email only.

Don't select your Institution.

Stop the video at 2:12.


What is RefWorks?

Welcome to RefWorks

RefWorks is a way to cite, collect, manage and organize your research papers.  It allows you to annotate, organize, and cite your research as well as collaborate with others. 

RefWorks also....

  • Is Iona College Library's preferred citation management tool
  • Is Free for Iona students and faculty
  • Helps you create MLA, APA, Chicago, etc. reference lists 
  • Allows you to import citations directly from Library databases and research websites, such as EBSCO, ProQuest, and WorldCat
  • Enables you to share citations and lists

For detailed information on citing sources in APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. please visit the Citing Sources page.  For information on preventing plagiarism, please see the Plagiarism guide.

RefWorks Videos

Introduction to RefWorks