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Help with referencing: I want to use RefWorks or other tools

Signing up to use ProQuest RefWorks

ProQuest RefWorks is a web-based reference management tool, available to SHU staff, students and alumni.  It helps you to manage the references you collect and create citations and reference lists in your work.

To sign up to ProQuest RefWorks Go to:

  • Click on 'Create account'
  • Enter your university email address ending with one of the following
    • If you are a SHU collaborative partner student, please use your college email address.
  • Your email address should be accepted by RefWorks and you will see this 'Good news!' message with a prompt to choose a password.
    Choose a password and you will receive an email including a link that you need to follow in order to confirm your account and complete your profile details

If you would like to use other referencing software please see further information here.

Learning how to use ProQuest RefWorks

Help videos - key features of ProQuest RefWorks

Help videos - write-n-cite

More help

  • In ProQuest RefWorks, click on the 'Get help' icon (question mark in the top right hand corner) for links to support resources 
  • More detailed guidance on ProQuest RefWorks is available on our Detailed Help Guide to RefWorks.
  • If you cannot view the videos above on YouTube, more text based help is available on ProQuest Support Pages


ProQuest RefWorks and Library Search

Watch this short video to learn how to automatically create a ProQuest RefWorks reference for books, journals and other sources you have found in Library Search.

Choosing the right referencing tool or app for you

Online referencing tools and apps can make referencing quicker and easier by creating and formatting references in the style you select. The APA referencing style is widely used and supported by most tools and apps. If you are referencing in a different style, check to see if the tool or app supports the style you need.

There are many tools and apps available to you. The Open University provides a good overview of referencing software here. If you are a researcher, a detailed  comparison of the features of different referencing software is available here.

Before you choose, please research the product you intend to use and consider the following:

  • Does it produce references in the style you need and are these accurate? 
  • Is it free or are there charges to use it? Even if it looks free, there may be charges if you want to perform certain functions or need more storage space.
  • Is it compatible with the other tools and word processing systems you use?
  • What are the technical requirements? Don't forget you can't download software to University PCs.
  • How easy is it to use?
  • Is using it sustainable? Could the software stop being available?
One referencing tool may produce slightly different references from another.  To ensure consistency, it is recommended that you use only one referencing tool or app for any piece of work.


Getting started with ProQuest RefWorks workshop - learn how to use ProQuest refWorks software to create citations and reference lists. 

This session is open to staff and students based at SHU City and Collegiate campuses. To book a place go to The Bridge booking page If you are unable to attend a session, full guidance (how to login, step-by-step worksheet and videos) is available here.  

Help exporting references from databases into ProQuest RefWorks

Many databases offer direct export to RefWorks. If you cannot see this option, find your database on this page.  When you export references you will be asked which version of RefWorks you wish to use.  Select ProQuest RefWorks (unless you are using the Legacy version).

Using Google Scholar to create references

There is a quick way to generate APA style references for sources you find using Google Scholar.

Don't forget to check and edit any references that are created. There may be incorrect information that needs amending or extra information you can add to improve your references.

Think about information that may be missing, such as DOIs and URLs for web based resources.

The video guidance shows linking to Google Scholar from SHU Library Gateway, partner students should use the link