RefWorks is an online tool that helps you manage citations and create formatted bibliographies in various output styles (e.g. APA, AMA, Chicago). It is a fee-based tool that UMass Amherst Libraries pays for, so you can create an account for free. However, our subscription will end in May 2021, so if you are just starting out with a citation manager, I recommend you choose a different option.
Already have a RefWorks account?
Use the Refworks Write-N-Cite plug-in to write your paper, insert references, and create a bibliography at the end of the paper. In NEW RefWorks, there are options for Microsoft Word (PC & MAC versions) and Google Docs.
PLEASE NOTE: Although RefWorks includes a button from within the Tools menu to install the Write-N-Cite Add-on for Google Docs, it seems that the security for Google Apps at UMass Amherst accounts will not allow the Add-on to be installed this way. However, an alternate route to the Add-on is available.
Open a Google Docs document (can be new or previously created).
Go to the “Add-ons” menu and select “Get add-ons”
In the search box, type “RefWorks”
You should get a single result, “ProQuest RefWorks”
Click the “+Free” button to install the add-on
To use the Write-N-Cite feature, when you want to insert a citation, simply go to the “Add-ons” menu and select “ProQuest RefWorks” then “Manage citations.”
You can learn more about the RefWorks Add-on for Google Docs in this video from ProQuest.
Video tutorials on RefWorks Citation Manager - the tool for Microsoft Word that lets you connect to your RefWorks library while typing your paper so you can select citations to insert and build your bibliography as you go.