RefWorks is web-based bibliographic management program that allows you to create your own personal database of references. You can automatically import references from a search performed in an online database or enter references manually.

RefWorks allows you to format your references for assignments in a variety of citation (output) styles making referencing and citations a lot simpler and saving you time.

Access to RefWorks is provided to all Western Sydney University staff and students.

You need to sign up for an individual account when you first access RefWorks, and use this account each time.

To create a RefWorks account:

  1. Go to and click the “create account” link.
  2. Fill in your information making sure to use your institutional email address (you can’t sign up with,, etc.). 
    Once you activate your account (you'll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process), you’ll get access immediately and can get started managing your documents.

If you wish to format a bibliography and cite references in your assignments, a small software download onto your personal computer called ‘Write and Cite' is required. The New RefWorks LibGuide includes a section on ‘Using Write-N-Cite for Microsoft Word to Write and Format Your Paper’ which provides details on installing and using Write-N-Cite.

Support and further information

More information and assistance is available from the New RefWorks LibGuide, or you can contact the Library.