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RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool that is free to Penn State users.

Create a Bibliography

  • Generate a bibliography for all items in collection (folder) or selected references by using the quotation button at the top of the screen.
  • Select the citation style you want.
  • If you use "Quick Cite":
    • You can also generate in-text citations for selected references.
    • The formatted bibliography will open in a new browser tab.
  • Use the "Copy to Clipboard" button to paste into your document.

Cite While You Write

Note: The "lite version" of RefWorks that Penn State has access to does not allow usage with Microsoft Word.

Cite in Google Docs


Google Docs add-on for Flow


  • Get the RefWorks add-on for Google Docs to cite as you write.
  • After installing the add-on, open your Google Doc, find the Add-ons menu, and select ProQuest RefWorks and then click Manage citations to open the RefWorks sidebar.
  • To select the citation style you want, click the gear icon in the RefWorks sidebar and select Change citation style.
  • Begin typing your text, and when you’re ready to insert a citation, find it using the RefWorks sidebar and click the Cite this button. It will insert both the in-text citation and the formatted citation in your bibliography.