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Writing 101 (Toconis): Setting Up RefWorks

Writing in the Disciplines: Psychology

About RefWorks

RefWorks is subscription tool that the library pays for that all UC Merced campus members can use for their research. RefWorks helps you:

  • Export citations from library databases & websites
  • Generate in-text citations
  • Create bibliographies
  • Share references with others
  • Communicate with Google Docs & Microsoft Word

Use the Single-Sign on to Create an Account & Log In

1. Visit the RefWorks home page:

2. Click "Use login from my institution".

3. Type in Merced. Select University of California, Merced from the drop down menu.

4. The single-sign on will appear. Enter in your UCMNetID and password.

5. Since you're new to RefWorks, you will be asked some questions, such as your name, status, etc.

6. You will be taken into your RefWorks account. You will see the University's name and your own name in the upper-right of the account.

7. After your RefWorks account is created, continue to log in using the institutional credentials login link.

Connect RefWorks to Word

1. In RefWorks, hover over your name, and select "Tools."

2.  Scroll down to the "Cite in Microsoft Word" heading.

3. Select the Write-N-Cite option, and click on the "Download & install" button.

4. Follow the instructions.

1. In RefWorks, hover over your name, and select "Tools."

2.  Scroll down to the "Cite in Microsoft Word" heading.

3. Select the "RefWorks Citation Manager" option, and click on the "View Instructions on installing here" button.

4. Follow the instructions.

Connecting RefWorks to Google Docs

If you have a Google account and would like to integrate RefWorks with Google Docs, you will first need to create an Alternate Password.

1. Click on the drop-down menu underneath your name and select "Settings".

2. Scroll down to find the "Alternate Password" heading.

3. Click on "Change Password" and update it. This is the password you will need to enter when connecting Google Docs to RefWorks. 



1. Log into your Google account.

2. Open a new Google Doc.

3. Click on "Add-ons" in the top ribbon.

4. Click on "Get add-ons..."

5. Search for ProQuest RefWorks.

6. Click on the +Free button.

7. Select your Google account.

8. Click on the "Agree" button to allow RefWorks to access your Google account.

1. Click on "Add-ons" in the top ribbon of the Google Doc again.

2. Hover over "RefWorks ProQuest." Click on "Manage citations."

3. Since this is the first time you are using RefWorks, you will need to log in using your UC Merced email and the Alternate Password you set up in RefWork's settings (see the box labeled #1).

4. A RefWorks pane will appear on the right-side of the screen.

The default is set to view all of your references, but, if you have organized your references into folders in RefWorks, the drop-down menu will allow you to view references by specific folder. The example below shows references that were last imported.

Installing the Save to RefWorks Button

1. In RefWorks, hover over your name, and select "Tools."

2. Click the "Install Save to RefWorks" button.

3. Drag the button up to your browser's favorites bar.

4. The Save to RefWorks button is ready to go.