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"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.

The video below goes through the process of accessing, creating your account and logging in.


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:

Alternatively, you can create a new account as shown in the video below:


Citing within MS Word

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

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 a member of staff you can download Write-N-Cite by opening the 'Software Center' from the Windows Start menu and searching for RefWorks. For further help contact the ICT Service desk.

Please note that if you are using a Mac with Word 16 you must use RCM

The videos below show you how to do both options:

Support from ProQuest

ProQuest, who make RefWorks have a wide range of additional support materials available from their dedicated RefWorks video tutorial YouTube channel

Screenshot of YouTube channel videos

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.