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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management tool (citation manager) that allows you to create a database of citations or references to resources (books, journal articles, web sites, etc.). It facilitates the insertion of citations within a research paper as in-text references, footnotes, or endnotes, and the creation of a formatted bibliography using a citation style of choice. All major citation styles are supported (e.g., APA, MLA,
Chicago, etc.).

Who can use Refworks?

The University of Nicosia Library has purchased a campus-wide license for RefWorks. Any current student, staff or faculty member can access and use this web application tool without individual charge.

Why use Refworks?

   Use Refworks to create properly formatted references and bibliographies in your essays and  


RefWorks can be accessed through a computer that is connected to the University of Nicosia network or by remote access. Access to RefWorks requires the opening of an individual account for each user.

Creating an Account

To use RefWorks you must first create an account. To create an account:

 1.     Go to the RefWorks site using the Library website (At the Top of this Page Click here for Refworks

 2.   You Directed to, then Click Login

 3.     Click and select "Sign up for an Individual Account" Fill out the form provided. You will receive an email with the username and password you   created.

 4.      Your username and password will give you access to your RefWorks account!

           RefWorks User Quick Start Guide

How do I use RefWorks and Write-N-Cite?

There are several online tutorials and guides available for RefWorks:


How do I import/export from RefWorks?

It is possible to use RefWorks to search and directly import citation information from a number of web-based catalogues and other publicly available databases. In addition, many of the University of Nicosia’s online databases and indexes support the exporting of data to RefWorks. Importing Citations from Specific Databases has further information.

Can I share my references with someone else?

RefShare is an add-on module for RefWorks that York University Libraries have licensed. It allows any RefWorks user to share a folder of references/citations or an entire database. Shared references/citations are stored on a newly-created web page and any individual can access this page if they have been given its URL. Further information is available at the RefShare tutorial.

Importing Citations from subscribed Databases

The University of Nicosia Library subscribes to a number of databases. Below is a list of all the subscribed databases giving information on whether you can export directly from Refworks or whether an import of information is needed.

ABI/Inform Global  (Proquest)

Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (Proquest)

Business and Company Resource Center (Gale Group)

CINAHL with Full Text (Ebsco)

Computer Database (Gale Group)

Education  Research Complete  (Ebsco)

Emerald 150 (Emerald)

ERIC (Ebsco)

General Business File International (Gale Group)

GreenFILE (Ebsco)

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module (Gale Group)


Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (Ebsco)

Literature Resource Center – LRC (Gale Group)

Political Science Complete (Ebsco)

ProQuest Biology Journals (Proquest)

ProQuest Central (Proquest)

ProQuest Telecommunications (Proquest)

Proquest Digital Dissertations (Proquest)

PsycInfo PsycArticles (APA)

SportDiscus (Ebsco)

The Times Digital Archive (Gale Group)

Wilson Art Full Text  (Wilson Web)



Search the resource as normal. "Mark" or "tag" references that you wish to retain (using the tick-boxes provided), and display the tagged results. Use the output options to save the tagged references in a format that RefWorks will understand. This will usually mean saving them as a "text" (.txt) file in either RefWorks format (if specified), "RIS" format, ASCII, or a format where the bibliographic information is clearly defined by short field labels (e.g. "AU:" for author).

Then, from within RefWorks, use the References - Import command. Set the Import Filter / Data Source option to University of Nicosia, and then choose the matching option from the drop-down menu for the original format of your references (e.g. RIS Format, or Web of Sciences [ISI] for the Web of Science database). Now navigate to the file full of your references and import them into your RefWorks account.

For full instructions on how to use each resource, see the Data Vendor Export Instructions

Direct export

Search the resource as normal. "Mark" or "tag" references that you wish to retain (using the tick-boxes provided), and display the tagged results. Look for an "Export" button that will allow you to export the selected results to reference manager software. Select "Export to RefWorks" (or similar).

RefWorks will open (if it isn't already), and the references will be downloaded into your account under the Last Imported folder.

For full instructions on how to use each resource, see the Data Vendor Export Instructions


Write-N-Cite is a utility that allows users (who meet the compatibility requirements below) to run an abbreviated version of RefWorks in their word processor. This version of RefWorks displays Author, Title, and Year Only, with a full view option available if needed.

With Write-N-Cite, you can cite  bibliographic references in a manuscript from RefWorks to text documents, with the click of a button. The abbreviated version can be set to Always on top so that it stays in place as you are typing your manuscript and generating your bibliography. The utility installs a Write-N-Cite button on your desktop as well as an Add-in to your Word toolbar (Windows users only) and a menu option in Word, under Tools for launching Write-N-Cite.


For clarifications or problems please contact:

Andreas Pavlou (

For orientations please contact: Georgia Christodoulou (