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Research Help: Proquest RefWorks

Get help planning your research, using research tools, finding resources, citing and evaluating sources, and more.

ProQuest Refworks

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a way to collect, manage, and organize research papers and documents. Linked to your Summon search result list, you can easily read, annotate, organize, and cite your research. Create simple bibliographies or papers formatted with in-text citations or footnotes. Drag-and-drop documents and upload bibliographic information into your personal library. Use the Save to RefWorks feature to capture research from websites with the click of a button. Then collaborate with friends and colleagues by sharing collections.


Create an account
  1. Go to RefWorks login and click the “sign up” link.
  2. Fill in your information making sure to use your Canisius email address (must be Canisius affiliated).
  3. Your account is activated once you receive an email with a link to complete registration.
  4. You will have immediate access and can get started managing your documents. 
  5. You MUST always use the RefWorks login in order to access the Canisius version of RefWorks.



RefWorks is integrated with Summon, which allows you to search for resources then easily save them to your projects. When in Summon, login to RefWorks in the upper right corner. Click the icon next to items in Summon to add those sources results directly to your account.

RefWorks is cloud-based so can be accessed anywhere, and is viewable on mobile devices.

Share your reading lists or collaborate with fellow students or professors.

Link your projects to Google docs to manage your entire research project.

Learn how to use RefWorks to its fullest capacity and get answers to your questions through the following links: