RefWorks – a free alternative

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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is reference management software delivered by ProQuest. The ProQuest RefWorks suite can be used for creating references and citations in different citation styles.

What are the pros and cons of RefWorks?


  • RefWorks offers many citation styles;
  • the RefWorks ProQuest app can be accessed for free form partner universities;
  • the RefWorks citation manager comes with the RefWorks Word plugin.


  • RefWorks is paid software;
  • you cannot use Ref Works it for free except when you are a student of a partner university;
  • you cannot sign up and get a RefWorks login or the RefWorks downloads without an invitation code from a university;
  • the Ref Works interface is complex and requires spending much time on learning how to work with it;
  • there are many limitations in terms of the correctness of references and citations and the opportunity to give the information pertaining to a source correctly;
  • many tools are missing to make your work with citations and references easier.

How is Grafiati better than RefWorks?

Here is why you would choose Grafiati instead of RefWorks:

  • You can try our service for free. You can also use it for free with some limitations. Otherwise, you can get the unlimited access to all features for a moderate price.
  • Registration is done within seconds.
  • No need to watch any tutorials or learn hundreds of pages of manuals: the interface is user-friendly and easily understandable.
  • We offer the greatest depth of citations combined with simplicity.
  • Grafiati has many unique tools to make your citations easier and faster.
  • All our references and citations are adapted to your country and your language: no copycats of the US templates from the manuals.
  • We offer customer support and develop our service based on your recommendations.

But this is not the most outstanding thing about Grafiati. In contrast to most popular citation generator services, we are not using the common erroneous third-party software code, which is the basis of services such as Zotero, Mendeley, EasyBib, and the like. All our algorithms are proprietary and are scrupulously developed by our team based on researching the information from publication manuals and the recommendations of universities.

Interested in learning more about our approach? See this article.

How to use your bibliographic management service?

Visit our homepage and select the source type you would like to cite. You will be offered to find this source in catalogues or to enter the details manually. Thereafter, you can change the citation style, the sorting option, and perform all other operation with your bibliography from our homepage.

If you need more instructions, refer to our help section.

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