Communication Sciences and Disorders

Welcome! This guide is designed to help you learn how to use K-State Libraries' many resources to complete your CSD assignments.

Library Research Guide

RefWorks Sign In

RefWorks is a citation management tool available to all K-State students, staff, faculty and alumni free of charge.

RefWorks allows users toRefWorks sign in screenshot highlighting "create account" link

  • store, organize, edit and/or create citations from a variety of resource types; including articles, books, web pages, images and more.
  • create bibliographies from stored references in thousands of available styles, including APA, MLA, IEEE, and Chicago.
  • add in-text citations to a Microsoft Word or Google document using your selected style.
  • create a bibliography from the cited sources used in your document using your selected style.

Click on the image to sign in to the most recent version of RefWorks. First time users click the "create account" link.




Creating an Account

All K-State students, staff, faculty, and alumni may use RefWorks for free. This includes unlimited storage, sharing inside and outside the institution, Cite for Word and more.

To create a  RefWorks account:

  1. Go to and click the “create account” link.
  2. Fill in your information using your K-State email address (you can’t sign up with,, etc.).
  3. Check your K-State email to activate your account.

RefWorks 3 FAQs

What is RefWorks 3?

RefWorks 3 is a version of RefWorks built from the ground up released in Fall 2016. You can identify it by its blue and white color scheme, including its logo that features a blue square with a white piece of paper.
 New RefWorks logo with blue square and white piece of paper


What is RefWorks 2?

RefWorks 2 is the version of RefWorks we used at K-State 2010-2016. It is also known as Legacy RefWorks. You can identify it by its orange and blue color scheme, including its logo, which has an orange image of a piece of paper with its corner folded down. 
 Legacy RefWorks logo with orange image and text


I see RefWorks in this guide and on other library webpages, is that RefWorks 2 or RefWorks 3?

This FAQ is the only place we use RefWorks 2 and RefWorks 3 to discuss the differences and switching to RefWorks 3. In other locations we use the word RefWorks, meaning RefWorks 3.


I need to create a RefWorks account. Which one should I use?

We recommend RefWorks 3. A brief video demonstrates how to create an account.


What is special about RefWorks 3?

RefWorks 3 retains many of the essential features of RefWorks 2 while adding: 

  • A built-in PDF reader.
  • The ability to annotate PDFs, Office, and Open Office documents individually or collaboratively.
  • The ability to share folders with colleagues who have RefWorks accounts at K-State and other institutions.
  • The ability to drag and drop documents to add them to your RefWorks account.
  • Auto-completion of citation information.
  • Write-N-Cite for Word 2016 (Mac and Microsoft).
  • RefWorks add-on for Google Docs, including ability to collaborate with others with RefWorks accounts.


Can I use RefWorks 2 and RefWorks 3 at the same time?

At the risk of great confusion. We do not advise using both unless you are in transition.


I have a RefWorks 2 account. How can I switch to RefWorks 3?

Warning: If you are in the middle of writing a document using Write-n-Cite, DO NOT move to RefWorks 3. Wait until you have a break in writing projects. (There is a workaround for this, by using both @ksu and @k-state accounts with different versions and using method 2 below but that can be confusing.)

RefWorks 2 users have two options for moving existing references into the New RefWorks.

  1. If you have a RefWorks account through K-State, you will see an option within your RefWorks account to “Move to the newest version of RefWorks”. (image)
  2. You can also bring your RefWorks data into the RefWorks 3 by importing and exporting. Use this option if you have multiple Legacy RefWorks accounts.
    1. Login to your account and export references (image)
    2. Login to your account and export (image)



I have several accounts in RefWorks 2; can I keep all of them?

RefWorks 3 permits one RefWorks account per university email address. You can have two accounts if you sign up for one with AND another with versions of your email address.

If you created multiple accounts using one email, only one account will be migrated. Your options include:

  • Combining accounts -once you upgrade to New RefWorks, use the Import feature in your new account to import the references from the other accounts.
  • Retain up to two separate accounts. Before upgrading, update your profiles in RefWorks 2 and use for one account and for a second account.