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Guides to SPH Library Resources: RefWorks Handouts

What is Refworks


In a world of e-research, there are more data sources available than ever, which means  researchers need highly efficient ways to manage vast amounts of information easily. RefWorks is a powerful online research management, writing and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

In order to access RefWorks:

  • Begin at the SPH Library Database A -Z  & Subject Page, click on the letter "R" and scroll down to RefWorks.
  • Sign up for a new account by providing your UTHealth institutional email address and any newly created password. Do not use your UTH password, as it changes every 90 days. If you are working on a group project, consider a name that everyone in the group can remember.
  • The Group Code is RWUTSPH; then click the FIND INSTITUTION button. 
  • RefWorks will send you an email confirmation; click through the link to verify your account.



Additional Guides from RefWorks

RefWorks offer several webinars on many different topics each month. Below are links to theirschedule of upcoming sessions and recordings of recent ones.

They also offer a series of brief video tutorials on our


Importing Citations from PubMed into RefWorks

The results of a search, selections of a search, or even selections from multiple searches,  can be imported into RefWorks from PubMed using the following instructions:

1. After conducting a search, select items by checking off the box next to the citations you want. If you don’t select any citations, all items        from that search will be exported.                                                                                            

2. Under Send To; select File; Under Format, select MEDLINE; click Create File


3. For multiple searches, select Clipboard; click Add to Clipboard.  When done searching,click on the number of items in the Clipboard;      select File;under Format; select MEDLINE;click Create File. 


4. In the pop up box, click Save File; click OK. Save file to your desktop. 

5. Log in to your RefWorks account using your username and password. 

6. Select Reference Import to open the RefWorks Import Form. 

7. Under Import Filter Data Source;select NLM PubMed

8. Under Select Text File, click Browse to locate the PubMed text file.

9. Double-click on the file to select for import.

10. Under Import Into Folder, select the appropriate folder.;click Import.

Learning RefWorks in 20 minutes

This tutorial will provide you with a quick introduction to RefWorks,. You will learn how to create a RefWorks account, various references and import citations. 

Technical Support Is Available

RefWorks Technical Support is available to help you:

Email us!

By Phone:  +1. 800-521-0600 ext. 74440 or +1.734-997-4440.


Support hours are:

Eastern Time Zone:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Eastern Time


Pacific Time Zone:

Monday – Friday 5:00 am – 6:00 pm Pacific Time