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This guide provides information on the free, online citation tool RefME.

RefME Free Service Ending

RefME was purchased by another education company, Chegg, and will soon transition to a service called "Cite This For Me."

For those of you who use RefME for free:

You will have access to RefME until February 28 (now March 7). At that point, your account and citations will be migrated to Cite This For Me where you can log in using the same credentials to access your account through June 1st, 2016.

You will have access to all your accounts and bibliographies for free on Cite This for Me until June 1st, 2017, at which point you’ll have to upgrade to a Cite This For Me premium account to access all your work." (Information from the RefME Transition FAQ).

Just to emphasize: the free access is going away, so if you have citations that you want to keep, you need to export them.

You can find tutorials on how to export citations from RefME to Word and clipboard. You can also export as a .ris file which is compatible with other citation management tools.

See the link above for more details and please let Matt Upson at the OSU Library know if you need help exporting citations -

What is RefME?

RefME is a free, easy to use, online tool built to help undergraduates create, save, and share citations and build great works-cited lists and bibliographies.

Sign up for free using your email, Google, Facebook, or Edmodo accounts. Download the iOS Mobile App and Android Mobile App to create and manage citations and projects on the go.

Don't feel like signing up? Just want to create one citation quickly? Use RefME's free citation generator.

Want to set up a training session for students or faculty? Contact Matt Upson.

Why You Should Cite and How to Cite: The Basics

How to Use RefME for iOS and Android

Technical Support

RefME Support provides answers to many commonly asked questions.

You can also submit a support request or email RefME directly at

RefMe Tools

  • The iOS Mobile App and The Android Mobile App: for creating and managing citations and projects on the go - scan book barcodes to instantly add a citation to projects across all devices.
  • The WebClipper Chrome Extension: for instantly adding a citation, notes and quotes (with highlighter tool) directly into the RefME project of your choice from the web - use to create citations for websites, news articles, YouTube videos, films from IMDB, Tweets and more.
  • The iOS Safari extension: for instantly creating citations from Safari on iOS devices - this can be enabled and used after the iOS app has been installed.

(Information from RefME Campus Rollout Pack)

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