A new version of RefWorks was launched by the developers, Proquest, in 2016. This version is running alongside the previous version of RefWorks (now referred to as “Legacy RefWorks”) indefinitely. Previous advice was that Legacy RefWorks would be retired and that users should migrate to the new version but this decision has been reversed by the supplier.
The Bodleian Libraries runs workshops on the new version of RefWorks only but will continue to provide support for those using Legacy RefWorks.
If you are entirely new to RefWorks, we recommend that you use ProQuest RefWorks (which is the new version of RefWorks) >Find out more.
If you are using Legacy RefWorks and are interested in using the new version of RefWorks, please be aware that it is currently not possible to edit documents in new RefWorks if they have previously been used in Legacy RefWorks. We strongly recommend that those using Legacy RefWorks at Oxford University delay moving to the new version of RefWorks until any documents you are working on are complete. > Find out more
RefWorks is a web-based reference manager provided free to members of Oxford University via the Bodleian Libraries' institutional subscription. You can log in to RefWorks using your Oxford Single Sign-On or you can create an individual account.
You can export or push references to RefWorks from many online databases, library catalogues such as SOLO and from Google Scholar.
Some online databases do not have a direct export option. Where this is the case you can often save your results as "RIS" or plain text files. These can then be imported in to RefWorks.
The Import References function can also be used to pull in references from other reference managers such as Endnote, Mendeley or Zotero
Capture with RefGrab-It
You can save references to web pages by installing the RefGrab-It tool in your browser. To do this, open Refworks and choose Tools - RefGrabit.
Once you have installed the plug in, click on it when you want to add a web page to RefWorks.
Choose Add Reference. This will pull up a form for you to fill in.
Cite references and create bibliographies in MS Word documents with Write-N-Cite.
There are hundreds of different Citation Output Styles to choose from. Go to Bibliography and select Output Styles Manager to view the List of Styles.
To install Write-N-Cite log in to Refworks, choose Write-N-Cite from the Tools menu.
There is a guide to using both the the old and new versions of Write-N-Cite in RefWorks Help in the Writing Your Paper and Creating Your Bibliography section.
Share folders of references with colleagues.
RefWorks users will be able to directly export references from the shared folder into their account.
A RefWorks account is not required to access a RefWorks shared folder.