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RefWorks

Bibliographic software which helps with your referencing!

RefWorks allows you to create an online store of references for items you have consulted. You can then use these details to produce in-text references and bibliographies on different topics or in a variety of styles, and include these in your assignments. 

There are currently two versions of RefWorks available. 

  • RefWorks – Legacy: for existing users (you can choose to migrate to RefWorks – New)
  • RefWorks – New: for users who have not signed up to RefWorks before, or who wish to migrate their account to take advantage of the improved functionality

You can also access our help and support section below and information on other reference management tools.

RefWorks - Legacy

This is the existing version of RefWorks.  If you have signed up for an account in the past, you can continue using this version for the time being.  You will need to migrate over to the new version during 2017/18.  Please contact your information librarian if you have any concerns.

You can migrate to a RefWorks – New account at any point and take advantage of the improved functionality it offers. 

Please note you will not be able to use your existing Word documents with references created using Write-N-Cite from RefWorks – Legacy with the new version.  Therefore, users with existing Word documents that you wish to edit, must continue to use the Legacy version for the time being.

Going forward, it is best to create new documents within RefWorks – New.  You can easily migrate any references you have in your existing account over to RefWorks - New.

Need help? See our videos and guidance: RefWorks – Legacy subject guide

RefWorks - New

This is the new version of RefWorks and will replace the Legacy version during 2017/18.  If you have not used RefWorks before, please use this version.

New functionality includes:

  • Drag and drop pdf files into RefWorks to save the document and extract the reference data
  • Save to RefWorks toolbar button to extract reference data from websites, articles and more
  • Store full text documents and webpage contents and add annotations

Need help? See our videos and guidance: RefWorks – New subject guide

Help and support

Get started with RefWorks by accessing the subject guides for guidance and video tutorials. All of our support can be accessed here:

If you need additional help come along to one of our drop-in sessions!


See our full drop-in programme schedule

You can also contact your information librarian.

Other reference management tools

There are many other free referencing tools that you can use such as Mendeley, Zotero and more.  Please be aware that only RefWorks features our approved institutional style, Harvard SSU.  If you use an alternative system you will need to edit your references to match our referencing factsheet before submitting your assignment.

To view PDF files you need to have Adobe Reader™ installed.
Adobe Reader™ is available free from the Adobe website.

Page last updated on Friday 17 February 2017 at 1.37pm.

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