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RefWorks: Proquest RefWorks

Signing up to use Proquest RefWorks

If you would like to register to use the new version of RefWorks:

  • Go to:
  • Click on 'Create account'
  • Enter your university email address ending with one of the following
  • Your email address should be accepted by RefWorks and you will see this 'Good news!' message with a prompt to choose a password.
    NOTE: If you use Legacy RefWorks, please do not use the same password for New RefWorks.  This will cause issues if you want to use Write-n-Cite with both versions.
  • Once you have chosen a password, you will receive an email including a link that you need to follow in order to confirm your account and complete your profile details

Proquest RefWorks and APA referencing

You can use New RefWorks to create a reference list in the APA 6th edition referencing style.

When you use the 'Create bibliography' function, the 'Quick cite' function or Write-n-Cite to create references, choose the 'APA 6th - American Psychological Association', 6th Edition option

ALWAYS CHECK YOUR REFERENCES - the software is unlikely to produce perfect results and it is your responsibility to check that your references are accurate and complete.

How can I preview my references in APA style?

To preview  your references in APA format follow the steps below:

  • In New RefWorks, click on 'All Documents' or on a folder
  • Click on 'Normal View' at the bottom of the list of documents
  • In the menu that appears - check the name of the referencing style given under 'Citation View'
  • If APA is not the selected style, click on the 'Settings' icon (cog wheel) next to 'Citation View' in the menu
  • Choose the citation style APA 6th
  • Choose the 'Highlight missing metadata' option if required
  • Click 'Save'
  • When "Citation View" is chosen instead of "Normal View" the references should be shown in APA style

Using tools and apps - a copyright warning

Please be aware that although sharing of documents is possible using many referencing tools and apps, documents are covered by copyright law and sharing them is a breach of the law unless you own the copyright, copyright has been waived or the document is out of copyright.

Learning how to use Proquest RefWorks

In Proquest RefWorks, click on the 'Get help' icon (question mark in the top right hand corner) for links to support resources or follow the links below.

Can I have a Legacy RefWorks account and a Proquest RefWorks account?

Yes, you can. 

If you are a Legacy RefWorks user it might be a good idea to create a Proquest RefWorks account to test the new version while you continue your projects in Legacy RefWorks.   You will then be familiar with the functionality of the new RefWorks and whether it will work for you.

If you want to use both versions for a period, please do not use the same password for Legacy RefWorks as you have for Proquest RefWorks.  This will cause issues if you want to use Write-n-Cite with both versions.

How can I import my references from Legacy RefWorks into Proquest RefWorks?

If you have decided that Proquest RefWorks is suitable for you needs, you can import your references from Legacy RefWorks into Proquest  RefWorks.  Your folders will also be copied. 

Please read Should I transfer from Legacy RefWorks to Proquest RefWorks?

The attached file provides step by step instructions.  If you have a large number of references this process may take some time.

Please note:

  • If you change your mind, you can return to using Legacy RefWorks if you wish.  However, any updates you made in Proquest RefWorks will not appear in Legacy RefWorks

How can I import my references from other tools into Proquest RefWorks?

There are functions in Proquest RefWorks to import references directly from Legacy RefWorks and Mendeley.  Click on the 'Add a reference' (plus sign) option and then choose 'Import references' to see these. 

If you wish to import references from another reference manager or referencing tool, export and save the references in a .ris file from the software you have been using.

To import references into Proquest RefWorks from a .ris file:

  • Click on the 'Add a reference' (plus sign) menu
  • Choose the 'Import references' option
  • Click on 'Select a file from your computer' and choose the location of your saved .ris file
  • In the 'What is the format of this file?' box which opens, there is a drop down menu.  Select 'RIS Format' or the name of the software that you saved the references from
  • Click on the 'Import' button