RefME is an easy to use citation / reference list builder and it does a very nice job. You still have to know the basics of APA to make sure that what you’re doing is 100% correct but it does nearly all of the work for you – yay!

Features We Like

  • Scanning a book’s barcode
  • Copy and pasting a doi
  • Desktop and mobile version (iOS and Android), and a “web clipper”
  • RefME for Chrome – browser extension
  • Writes article and book titles in sentence case
  • Provides a parenthetical in-text citation example
  • It can change reference list styles (from MLA to APA) with the click of a button – very handy indeed!
  • You can copy and paste your reference list, or export it to MS Word.

Step 1 Find The DOI

The acronym DOI stands for digital object identifier – they are very useful. You can find them in database records and also hard copies of journals. Copy just the numbers to your clipboard.


Step 2 Get Ready

  1. Make sure you are signed in to your free RefMe account
  2. Check that you have selected APA 6th citation style
  3. Create a folder for your project
  4. Now, you are ready to create a reference and citation.


Step 3 Click, Paste & Search

  1. Select the source type, in the example below it’s a journal (Children’s Health Care)
  2. Paste the DOI
  3. Hit Search.


Step 4 Search Result

If you need to, this is the place to tweak your entry, once you are happy click save. Oops! We need to make Developmentally lower case (i.e., developmentally).


Step 5 Done!

  1. Our reference list entry looks pretty good- we added two more entries and RefME organized them alphabetically (n.b., we made developmentally lower case)
  2. There are options under Styles to change your list to a plethora of other styles, e.g., MLA, Chicago, Harvard
  3. And there are export options for completed reference lists to MS Word, Zotero, and Mendeley
  4. The three dots on the right allow you to export single entries.



Definitively give RefME a workout. We don’t think you will be disappointed.




Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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