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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 create bibliographies and notes

This page explains how to create bibliographies, reference lists, in-text citations, footnotes and endnotes from references in your RefWorks account. Based on what you want to do, select from the instructions below.

Simple bibliographies and notes

Quick Cite allows you to copy and paste pre-formatted in-text citations and bibliographies in the citation style of your choice using any word processing software, browser and computer without installing any software on your computer. See:

Using Quick Cite to Write Your Paper

Google Docs add-on

RefWorks offers an add-on for Google Docs that can make it easier for you to create in-text citations, notes and bibliographies as you write. See:

Writing Your Paper with the RefWorks for Google Docs Add-on

Microsoft Word add-on

RefWorks offers an add-on for Microsoft Word (Windows only) that can make it easier for you to create in-text citations, notes and bibliographies as you write. The add-on is called Write-N-Cite. See:

Installing Write-N-Cite (Windows Version)

Using Write-N-Cite with Microsoft Word

More advanced options

Full documentation, including instructions on how to modify citation styles, define source types, and take advantage of more advanced features:

RefWorks 3 Support Center