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RefWorks Online Tutorial and 2.0 Quick Start Guide

Group Code

In order to access RefWorks off campus, you will be asked to enter a group code. If you misplace the information for HNU's Group Code, you can contact the library's circulation desk at (510) 436-1332 for the group code during our hours of operation or email us at

You will also need the group code if you're using RefWorks on your mobile device such as a smart phone or iPad. Go to on your mobile web browser to have your RefWorks on the go. 

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager for your references. When you're researching for articles in databases, you can simply keep track of your articles you want to use by importing the citation information into your RefWorks account. Your saved references will serve as its own database for when you write your paper. Use the Write-N-Cite program to insert citations into your paper and to create a bibliography list in ALA, MLA, Chicago or other formats. This time saving tool will organize your references and shed the hassle of having to write your bibliography list in the end.

Create an Account

If you're using an HNU computer on campus, you can simply access RefWorks here.  The web address is if you're using RefWorks off campus. Click on Login to sign into your account. If you're creating an account off campus, please call the circulation desk staff at (510) 436-1332 for the HNU Group Subscriber code to set up your account.

Once you've created a new account, RefWorks will send you an email with your user information including HNU's Group Code for remote access. Save this email, since it contains the group code you need for accessing RefWorks off campus and your user information in case you forget your log-in name or password.

Ask a Librarian

Text Text 510-746-8103
Appointment Appointment

Librarians are available most weekday afternoons and evenings and Saturdays.

Direct Export to RefWorks

Refer to the Importing/Exporting References tab to learn more about using Direct Export on the following databases.

- BioMed Central (Requires free user registration)

- CQ Press

- ebrary


- Gale

- Google Scholar


- Proquest

- Sage Journals Online

- ScienceDirect