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This guide explains how to sign up for, access, and troubleshoot the SciWheel citation manager.

Sciwheel: An Introduction

Sciwheel is available through the MSU Libraries  and allows you to manage citations, save and annotate PDFs, share references, and insert citations into your research. It consists of a web-based application, a browser extension to collect and annotate citations, and plugin's for Google Docs and Microsoft Word

Access & Authentication

Signing up for Sciwheel

1. go to

2. Click on the Sign Up box on top of the home page

3. Sign up with your email

4. When you are logged in go to my account > edit profile and make sure that the Institution is listed as Michigan State University and in "Subscription" it should state you are using a Sciwheel institutional subscription.


1. You are being asked for an EZproxy URL to access full text or when signing up

The MSU Libraries EZproxy URL for SciWheel is:$@

2. You receive a message that your premium access has expired and you need to go to an on-campus computer to re-authenticate

Access your Workspace via this should reset your roaming access.

If this does not work contact Sciwheel tech support using the chat widget in dashboard and request a roaming access reset.

3. You want to download and import citations from Web of Science

  1. Perform a search in Web of Science and select all the results you want to download.
  2. Click on the down arrow beside the menu 'save to Endnote Online.'
  3. Change the save option to Save to Other File Formats and click on it
  4. Set the Record Content to ‘Author, Title, Source, Abstract
  5. Set the File Format to BibTeX (.BIB), click Send, and save the file to your computer.

 On Sciwheel

  1.  Click in the Import references button, select References and then the first option RIS, BIB, NBIB & EndNote XML files
  2. Select the downloaded .BIB file from your computer
  3.  Click Open and it will import into your Sciwheel references library

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