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Referencing Software: RefWorks

"RefWorks is easy to use and saved me so much time with my dissertion referencing."

Final Year Nursing Student, University of Hull

RefWorks is web-based and free to use for University of Hull students. This means that wherever you are, as long as you have internet access, you can access RefWorks. It allows you to create your own personal database of references by importing from online databases and other electronic sources. You can use these references in your research and create the bibliography in seconds in your required style. Refworks is particularly recommended for undergraduate students.

Accessing RefWorks

To get started with Refworks go to and click on the Create account link. Fill in your information making sure you use your University email address.

Once you activate your account you'll receive an email with a link in to complete the registration process. You’ll then get immediate access and can get started managing your documents.

This video goes through the process of creating your account and logging in.

Getting started with RefWorks

This video goes through creating folders to organise your references and exporting references from University Library search results.

This video shows you how to build your library further by exporting references from EBSCOhost databases, Web of Science, Google Scholar and Websites.

Citing within MS Word

To enable in-text citations you will need to use Write-N-Cite or the new Reference Citation Manager (RCM).

If you are using your own computer

Download Write-N-Cite from the RefWorks website.

If you are using a University computer on campus

Write-N-Cite is already installed within Microsoft Word on all open-access computers in the University but you will need to download this to your own PC to use at home.

If you are using a staff computer on campus

You can download Write-N-Cite by opening the 'Software Center' from the Windows Start menu and searching for RefWorks.

The video below shows you how to use and install Write-N-Cite to insert references into Microsoft Word:

Note for users of a Mac with MS Word 16

Anyone using a Mac with MS Word 16 must use RCM.

You may install RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) from Word 2016's Insert tab > Add-ins > Word Store > then search for RefWorks - select the RefWorks Citation Manager add-in and add it by clicking the 'trust it' button. You will then be requested to enter your RefWorks log in details before you can start using it.

Word Store - search for RefWorks then follow the installation instructions

Support from ProQuest

ProQuest, who make RefWorks have a wide range of additional support materials available.

Access their dedicated RefWorks video tutorial YouTube channel.


Alumni access

If you wish to access your Refworks library after you have graduated, you can switch to an Alumni account before you leave. Full instructions can be found on the Proquest support pages.

Moving from RefWorks Legacy version

If you have been using the older legacy version of RefWorks and want to move over to the new Refworks to access the enhanced interface, look for the link in legacy Refworks:

Support from the Skills Team

If you wish to have an appointment with a member of the Skills Team to look at using RefWorks, please use this link: Information Search Skills Appointments.