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Guide to RefWorks


Overview: RefWorks as your Bibliographic Manager

RefWorks is a web-based tool that allows Lingnan staff and students to:

  • Download citations directly from the Library catalogue and most databases subscribed by the Library
  • Organize the citations into different folders
  • Generate in-text citation, bibliography or reference list in the citation style of your choice, including APA, MLA, Harvard, Chicago style and more


First Time Users: Create your Personal RefWorks Account

Lingnan staff and students must first create their own Personal RefWorks Accounts. Go to the RefWorks Login Center to login or sign up for a new account at:

First Time Users should read the Quick Start Guide before they start:


Off-Campus Access: RefWorks Group Code

Normally, users will login to RefWorks using the Lingnan email account for Off-Campus Access. However, if users do not see the Lingnan identification at the RefWorks login page, they would first need to enter the RefWorks Group Code. Find out the current RefWorks Group Code at:


Use Write-N-Cite Utility for MS Word

Write-N-Cite is a RefWorks utility programme that links up MS Word with your RefWorks folders. With this programme you can generate in-text citations and bibliographies in MS Word documents. To use these features, you have to download and install the Write-N-Cite program on your computer.  

To download the Write-N-Site:

  1. Login to RefWorks.
  2. Select Write-N-Cite from the Tools menu.
  3. Click the Download now button for the version of Write-N-Cite you wish to install.
  4. Save the .exe file to your computer.
  5. Optional: Before leaving the download page please copy your Login Code onto your clipboard, using the instructions on the left hand side of the page.  This will enable you to easily log in to Write-N-Cite without needing your RefWorks credentials or on campus access.

For detailed instructions, please refer to RefWorks 2.0 Guide.


Help and Tutorials

For further assistance: call 2616 8571 or send your question online.