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RefWorks in English: Getting Started

RefWorks Quick Start Guide

Use this handy guide to help you get up and running with RefWorks!

RefWorks User Workbooks

Download these self-study guides to practice using RefWorks on your own.

Other Videos To Help You Learn RefWorks

  • RefWorks Advanced Videos - Covers editing multiple references, backing up and restoring your account, advanced search and more!

Creating an Account

Creating Your Account As Part Of An Organization-Wide Subscription:

Note:  It's best when you create your account that you are on campus at Lahti University of Applied Sciences (on an IP-authenticated computer) or logged in to Masto-Finna with your AD-account.  

  1. Open your browser and go to, or use the Lahti UAS login page.

  2. Click the Sign up for a New Account link

  3. If you are off-campus or outside the IP range, you will need the RefWorks Group Code
    to complete the registration process.  See your librarian for the group code.

  4. Complete Step 1 and Step 2.

Note:  When creating your Login Name, please do not use the following characters:

* Asterisk

< >[ ] Brackets

= Equal sign

+ Plus sign

" Quotes

\ / Slashes

, . : ; Comma, Period, Colon, Semicolon

  1. Click Create Account.

    You will receive an email confirmation .

After you click on create account, you'll be brought in to your new, empty RefWorks account where you can begin adding your references.  

Also, you can modify your login name, email address, password or other information by selecting Update Profile from the option bar in the upper right-hand corner of your account.  You may also create a read-only password in the Update Profile area.

Video Tutorial: Accessing RefWorks, Creating an Account, and Logging In

Forgot your password?

Should you forget your RefWorks password, you can receive an email with a link to reset your password.

  1. Go to
  2. Click Forgot Your Login Information?
  3. Enter your email address.   
  4. You will receive an email with a link to create a new RefWorks password. 
  5. Follow the link to a page where you will enter, then re-enter, your new password.  A confirmation email will inform you that your password has been changed.  You can log in immediately with your new password.

Note:  If you have multiple RefWorks accounts registered with the same email address, you will be prompted to select one from a list