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Online Reference Sources

A guide to helpful reference resources available in the library and online

What is RefWorks?

Available to SJSU students, staff and faculty, RefWorks is a tool that can help you manage your book and article citations. It also automates the creation of References and Works Cited pages in the citation style of your choice — APA, MLA, Chicago, and more.

New ProQuest RefWorks

Legacy RefWorks  or  RefWorks Logo ?

In Summer 2018, SJSU migrated from the legacy version of RefWorks to the new ProQuest RefWorks

1.  If you are creating an account for the first time:  Click the "Create account" link on the sign-in page.
You will need to use your SJSU e-mail address.


2.  If you are updating an existing account:  Follow the directions in the box below.

Graduating soon? See Alumni Access to RefWorks to learn how you can continue to have access to RefWorks.

RefWorks Troubleshooting

Migration to New RefWorks

Trusted Site
In some cases when accessing RefWorks for the first time, you'll see the message "The site's security certificate is not trusted."  Simply click OK or Proceed Anyway to continue. You can also add RefWorks as a trusted site.

Pop-Up Blockers
Pop-up blockers may block the RefWorks log-in page. Turn off your blocker or add RefWorks as a trusted site.

Group Code (Old RefWorks)
For the RefWorks group code, go to Get Library Passwords.

Other Problems
These are the most common access problems. If you encounter others, call Student Computing Services in the library at 408-808-2470 for help.

Write-N-Cite Compatibility (Old RefWorks)
Write-N-Cite is a utility offered by RefWorks that allows you to cite references in a manuscript with the click of a button. Follow the Write-N-Cite Troubleshooting link below to learn if it is compatible with your computer.

Learn to Use RefWorks