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Writing 100 (Maharaj): Citing Sources

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New RefWorks Preferred Login - via your UCMnetID and password; single sign-on

New RefWorks Alternate Login - using your UC Merced email with an alternate password

Legacy RefWorks - access to both single sign-on and other email/password accounts on current RefWorks

RefWorks Transition

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A New Version of RefWorks is Available!
The upgraded RefWorks Citation management tool is now available, as of summer 2016, via a soft launch.

Starting in fall 2016, we recommend that all new users of RefWorks choose the upgraded RefWorks option.  For users who are currently working on document where you are using RefWorks Write-N-Cite toolbar in Word, we recommend waiting to make this transition. 

Training & Support:
Librarians will start teaching workshops on the new RefWorks interface, in fall 2016, to faculty and students who are new to this citation management tool; however, for the next few months they will continue to answer questions related to legacy RefWorks.


1. I am new to RefWorks.  How can I get started with the new version of RefWorks?

Visit  Select “Log in from my institution”. Type in Merced.  Select University of California, Merced. Since you are new to RefWorks, you will be asked to answer a couple questions before your account is created. 

2. I am an existing RefWorks user.  How can I get started with the new version of RefWorks?

Login to your existing RefWorks account.  Look for the “Export” option at the top of your screen.  This will send your citations to the new version of RefWorks. 

RefWorks Export Citations

3. If I start using RefWorks now, will it automatically access all the citations and documents I have in my current RefWorks account?

No.  However, you can easily export your existing RefWorks citations and documents into the new RefWorks.  See FAQ #2.  We anticipate that an automated process for transitioning from legacy RefWorks to new RefWorks will be available over the winter break.

4. Can I continue to use both legacy and new RefWorks?

Technically, you can use both legacy and new RefWorks for the fall 2016 semester.  However, when you export citations from databases to RefWorks, you will be asked to select one of the versions.  Each version will not automatically update the other version. 

5. Do I have to switch to the new RefWorks?

No, users of legacy RefWorks can continue to use this version through the fall 2016 semester.  We anticipate moving everyone to the new RefWorks version during Winter Break (2016/2017).

6. Are there any reasons why I shouldn’t try the new RefWorks?

If you are currently in the middle of writing a document that is using Write N Cite, we recommend that you do not move to the upgraded RefWorks version this fall (2016).   The citations you have inserted into your document are connected to your existing RefWorks account.  If you move to the new RefWorks and try to add more citations to your existing document, you will not be able to do so.   It will only allow you to work in your Word document in Review mode.

We also recommend waiting if you rely on the Write-N-Cite toolbar AND have Word 2007 or Word 2010, 64-bit version.

7. Is the new Write-N-Cite tool compatible with my version of Word?

A new version of Write-N-Cite is available for PC users who have Word 2010 (32-bit), 2013, or 2016.  If you have Word 2007 or Word 2010 (64-bit version) the new Write-N-Cite toolbar is not available.  The legacy Write-N-Cite toolbar will work for MAC users who have not upgraded to Word 2016.

8. Is there any reason why I wouldn’t want to use my UCMnetID single sign-on for my RefWorks account?

If you plan on using the ProQuest RefWorks Add-On in Google Docs, you will not be able to access your RefWorks account via your single sign-on password since Google docs does not support single sign-on. 

At any time, you can easily change your password in RefWorks.  Login to the new RefWorks.  In the upper right under your name, select Settings.  Then under Alternate Password, choose “Change password”.  This will ask you to enter a new password for your RefWorks account.

9.  In what browsers can I download the "Save to RefWorks" bookmarklet?

"Save to RefWorks" will work in Chrome and Safari browsers.  Currently, it is not compatible with Firefox.




Citation Styles & Disciplines

Each discipline has a preferred citation style.  Various websites point to the desired citation style for each discipline.

Citation Formats

Different citation formats are used by different academic disciplines.  Professors will often require a particular format, but if they have no preference these guidelines may be helpful:

  • APA - psychology, education, and other social sciences
  • MLA - literature, arts, and humanities
  • Turabian - designed for college students to use with all subjects
  • Chicago - used with all subjects in the "real world" by books, magazines, newspapers and other non-scholarly publications