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RefWorks is 'forever': Use it and don't lose it after graduating

April 17, 2013

Like the forever stamp, one of your library services stays with you, at the same price (free) forever.

One of the many tools VCU Libraries provides students is RefWorks. This web-based citation management tool stores citation and reference information in personal databases. The individual can manage references in folders for individual topics, courses, grants or collaborative projects. It automatically generates bibliographies in various formats (MLA, APA, Chicago).  

All VCU-affiliated users who have VCU and/or MCVH-VCU email accounts may set up free accounts.

If you have a RefWorks account, your references are yours forever. Whether you go onto graduate school at another institution or go into the workplace, you can still have access to your references via the RefWorks Alumni Program. You can continue to use RefWorks to manage research materials of all kinds--whether you are in school or on the job.

Members of the class of 2013: Remember to set up a RefWorks Alumni account before graduation to continue to have this benefit of your VCU Libraries relationship. 

Details about the RefWorks Alumni Program

Students, faculty and staff with RefWorks accounts who leave VCU may continue to have access to RefWorks through the RefWorks Alumni Program. As a participant in the program, you receive: 

  • One free RefWorks account
  • New updates and feature releases
  • 200 MB of file attachment storage
  • Use of RefShare to share your folder(s) or account
  • Free Web-based training
  • Technical support from RefWorks staff

To request participation in the RefWorks Alumni Program, submit an Ask Us email or contact your RefWorks administrator: 

  • Marilyn Scott, James Branch Cabell Library,, (804) 828-9049
  • Jennifer McDEaniel, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences,, (804) 827-1150 
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