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Quick Cite Tool and Creating a Bibliography

The Quick Cite tool enables citations to be created manually from within RefWorks, and then copied and pasted into the document text. A reference list or bibliography can also be generated and added to the document.

  • This is a useful workaround if problems are encountered with Write n Cite or RefWorks Citation Manager 
  • Creating a list of references is also useful for discussions with a tutor or for small-group work

Select the speech marks icon in RefWorks, then select Quick Cite.

  • NB: you can either select your required items in RefWorks before this step, or after
  • You can then choose your Citation Style
  • Tick the boxes to confirm which item[s] you wish to cite, then use the 'copy to clipboard' icon at the right
  • Paste the citation[s] into your document text at the point required.

Now proceed to Add your Bibliography.

  • You can then continue and create a bibliography from the same panel of options
  • These bibliography references  can likewise copied and pasted to where the reference list is required (usually the end of the document)
  • NB: provide a suitable header in the document itself, such as "References" or "Reference List", to alert any plagiarism software being used during submission that a reference list is present








Creating a bibliography - without Quick Cite

  • Click on the RefWorks folder you want to use to generate your bibliography

  • If you want to use every reference in this folder for your bibliography, go on to the next step. If you want to use specific references, click the checkbox next to each reference you want to use.

  • Click on / Create Bibliography and choose Create Bibliography in the pop-up. 



  • Choose your citation style (eg Cite them Right Harvard, Vancouver) from the dropdown menu at the top, and watch as your bibliography is automatically changed to match. When you are happy, click Copy to Clipboard


  • Then just go to Microsoft Word (or wherever you are writing your paper) and paste the bibliography in.


In RefWorks, you can always edit a reference:

  • click on the reference within RefWorks, then on the pencil icon above the panel on the right with the details
  • edit the field[s] in the record as required
  • save the changes, and then re-run the steps above to create your bibliography

Always proofread RefWorks

Common Errors in RefWorks’ Bibliographies

or. . . why proofreading is essential!

RefWorks can save you a ton of time because it's much faster than a human at creating bibliographies. Unfortunately, though, it's not nearly as smart as a human. So it's up to you to check its work!

Bibliography Example

Kim, D., Fisher, D, & McCalman, D. (2009). Modernism, christianity, and business ethics: A worldview perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 90(1), 115-121. doi:
Here’s a cool Bob Marley quote.  "Although the road has been long and bumpy, it sure feels good to me". 

What's Wrong?

RefWorks does not recognize proper nouns. This is such a common error that you will probably find at least one when you proofread your own bibliography. Luckily, it’s an easy fix.

Bibliography Example

Andersson, L. M., & Pearson, C. M. (1999). Tit for tat? The spiraling effect of incivility in the workplace. The Academy of Management Review, 24(3), 452-471. Retrieved from
In this article we introduce the concept of workplace incivility and explain how incivility can potentially spiral into increasingly intense aggressive behaviors. To gain an understanding of the mechanisms that underlie an "incivility spiral," we examine what happens at key points: the starting and tipping points. Furthermore, we describe several factors that can facilitate the occurrence and escalation of an incivility spiral and the secondary spirals that can result.

What's Wrong?

This is the abstract from the database. If you are required to annotate your bibliography, you will need to replace this with your own annotation.

Bibliography Example

CHRISTIAN, K., ENGEL, A. M., & SMITH, J. M. (2011). Predictors and outcomes of prolonged ventilation after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. American Surgeon, 77(7), 942-947. 
I like watching Gonzaga basketball, but I prefer reruns of nerdy TV shows

What's Wrong?

Author's names are in ALL CAPS. Some databases put authors or titles in all caps. You can fix this as you proofread your bibliography. To permanently correct it, edit the record in RefWorks.

Bibliography Example

Haldeman, J. (2011). The learning organization: From dysfunction to grace. Journal of Management & Marketing Research, 9, 1-9. Retrieved from
Dysfunctional school administration or bosses who are bullies are interesting topics; not pleasant to think about, but interesting.

What's Wrong?

This is an APA-style citation, and “retrieved from” and the accompanying URL aren’t required in APA citations. As stated on the Purdue OWL website: “ information in citations is not necessary because databases change over time.” It's important to know the rules for your particular citation style.

Bibliography Example

Johnson, C. E. (2007). Ethics in the workplace: Tools and tactics for organizational transformation. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Retrieved from; Materials specified: Table of contents; Materials specified: Table of contents; Materials specified: Table of contents; Materials specified: Contributor biographical information; Materials specified: Publisher description
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?  Sally sells sea shells by a pack of pickled peppers.  Eleven benevolent elephants were telling tales of tongue twisters

What's Wrong?

Do NOT include the table of contents!  This is a book citation exported from WorldCat. Something in the WorldCat export file often causes extra information to show up in your RefWorks bibliography. This is very useful information in WorldCat, but it does not belong in an APA bibliography! If something like this shows up in your bibliography, delete it!

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