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What is ProQuest RefWorks

ProQuest RefWorks is a reference management tool which supports you to collect, manage and organize research papers and documents. You can read annotate, organize, and cite your research as well as collaborate with friends and colleagues by sharing collections.

ProQuest RefWorks’ drag and drop capability along with its smart document recognition makes it easy and fast to upload documents and bibliographic metadata and the Save to RefWorks feature allows you to capture research from websites with the click of a button.


Create reference lists, bibliographies and format your work with in-text citations or footnotes using RefWorks.

The Library recommends and supports students using ProQuest RefWorks, however, this does not mean that you cannot use other reference management software.

Create a ProQuest RefWorks account

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

To sign up to ProQuest RefWorks Go to:

  • Click on 'Create account'
  • Enter your university email address ending with one of the followingProQuest login box
    • / /
  • Choose a password
  • You will receive an email including a link to confirm your account and complete your profile details

Once you have created your account you can go to your ProQuest RefWorks settings and change the email address to a personal email account.   This will allow you full access to ProQuest RefWorks when you leave the University.

Setting up your RefWorks account: Collaborative partner students

Legacy RefWorks

RefWorks (Classic/Legacy)

Please do not start using Legacy RefWorks as this software is due to be retired by the company that produces it in June 2023.

If you are currently using Legacy RefWorks you can transfer your references and folder structure to a Proquest RefWorks account.   If you have multiple Legacy RefWorks accounts, these can be migrated to separate 'Projects' in a Proquest RefWorks account.

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