RefWorks is a web-based tool that allows you to create and manage your own personal database of useful references. You can then use these to quickly compile a bibliography for your reports and papers. It also allows you to collaborate and share your research with colleagues.

What does it do?

  • You can import references directly from web and a number of online databases.
  • It allows you to organise, store and manage your references.
  • It allows you to automatically format your bibliography in a variety of styles.
  • It allows you to share your references with colleagues.

For a new user

An institutional account is available to SAMK students and staff.

To create a new RefWorks account:

  • Go to
  • Click Create account.
  • Fill in your information. Use your institutional or email address.

Once you activate your account (you'll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process), you’ll get access and can get started managing your documents.

Save articles from the web or a database

RefWorks has a tool that installs in any web browser called the Save to RefWorks button. The button grabs information from any web page – in some cases a complete article – and adds it to your RefWorks library. Go to Tools to install.

Export references to RefWorks directly from a database. How to do it in Finna:

  • Find the publication or article. Click Export and select Export to RefWorks.
  • Log in to RefWorks.
  • The reference will be saved under the Last imported directory.
  • Edit the reference if needed.

To add an item manually to RefWorks, click the plus icon (Add a reference) at the top of the page. If you plan on adding the item to an existing collection, click on the collection first, then click the plus icon.

Using Write-N-Cite to write and format your paper

Write-N-Cite is a utility that allows users to run an abbreviated version of RefWorks in Microsoft Word. You can access your references by folder, by quick search or by all references with the ability to sort by author, title or year. With Write-N-Cite, you can cite references in a manuscript with just a click and watch your paper format instantly including in-text citations, footnotes and your bibliography. The utility installs a RefWorks tab in the Word ribbon or you can access it from the References tab in Word. Write-N-Cite will not work with Office 365 users using cloud-based app. Word must be installed locally.

For SAMK students RefWorks has an institutional style APA 7th - SAMK - ENGLISH.


Go to Library Moodle for more instructions for SAMK students.

See RefWorks YouTube channel and online help.

The Legacy RefWorks

If you are an existing user then you can carry on using the old version for the time being. However you should move to the new RefWorks if you are planning to start a new project.

How to import legacy RefWorks references into new RefWorks.

Log in to RefWorks

Go to Login first with SAMK ID, if needed. Then use your personal username to login to Refworks.

Import to RefWorks

You can import reference information from databases to RefWorks.

How to import from Finna: Find the desired publication. Click on Export reference and Export to RefWorks (select the legacy version of RefWorks).

In RefWorks: Log in. Click on View last imported folder. Edit if needed.

See RefWorks tutorials and YouTube for help.