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RefWorks 3 (formerly Flow)

How to use RefWorks 3 to save, format, and manage citations.


The Library is canceling its subscription to RefWorks effective June 30, 2017. After that date, students, faculty, staff and alumni will not be able to use RefWorks through the library’s subscription.

We no longer recommend the creation of new RefWorks accounts. If you already have a RefWorks account, see the Migrate from RefWorks page for advice on how to save your RefWorks citations for use in other applications. If you would like assistance, or if you have any questions, please contact a librarian at


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How to add references and documents

This page explains how to get references and documents into your RefWorks account. Based on where you find the citation, select from the instructions below.

For Summon

If you're using Summon, adding references to your RefWorks account is easy. If you're logged in to RefWorks, when you add references to a folder, your references are saved to RefWorks.

  1. Go to Summon
  2. Click on the "RefWorks Log In" link at the top of the page:
    RefWorks Log In (Summon)
  3. Add results to a folder, then click on the folder icon at the top of the page:
    RefWorks Folder in Summon


For any web page

RefWorks has a tool that installs in any web browser called “Save to RefWorks”. The Save to RefWorks browser bookmarklet grabs information from any web page – in some cases a complete article – and adds it to your RefWorks library. To add the Save to RefWorks bookmarklet to your browser, see:

Using Save to RefWorks to Capture Citations, Articles and Full-text on the Web

Note: If you've already installed the "Save to RefWorks" button and it isn't working, delete and reinstall the button.

Full text documents

RefWorks has several ways to help you get the full text of your references: 1) A "Link to Full Text" is available in the right-hand viewing pane when you have selected a reference, and 2) You may upload a full-text document by clicking on the edit button in the right-hand viewing pane when you have selected a reference. See:

How can I get the full text of my references?

More advanced options

Using 'Export to RefWorks' to import citations into your library: How to import citations from library databases.

Uploading One or More Documents from Your Computer: How to upload documents from your computer.

Adding references manually: How to enter citations manually.

RefWorks 3 Support Center: Full documentation, including instructions on how to convert from other bibliographic citation managers (eg, EndNote).