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RefWorks: Access RefWorks

What is RefWorks?

Have you used free tools like NoodleBib or EasyBib to format citations? 

RefWorks can do that and more. It's a useful productivity tool for research and writing projects.

  • Collect and organize sources in one place
  • Create bibliographies for your papers in the style you need
  • Add full text documents to your account and annotate them
  • Share sources with others for group projects
  • Continue to use RefWorks after you graduate

Get started by creating an account.

Access RefWorks

A new version of RefWorks is available with a redesigned interface and improved features. The previous version will be retired in 2018. You can use both versions during the transition period.

Select which version of RefWorks you want to use:

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Sign into Proquest RefWorks (New version)
Recommended for new users (create an account) and those that have already transferred their data to the new version. New features include drag and drop capability, importing citations and files from websites, and Write-n-Cite for Google Docs. Short video on creating a new account


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Sign into Legacy Refworks (Classic version)
Recommended for those who already have an account with existing data. Move your references to the new version or continue using the legacy version until it is retired in 2018.

I'm new to RefWorks. Which version should I choose?

Legacy RefWorks is very stable and will perform all the functions required of a citation manager until it is retired sometime in 2018. For short-term projects, legacy RefWorks is a good choice, especially while all features and functions of the new RefWorks have not been released.

Legacy RefWorks would not be a good choice for people who are starting a long term project, such as a thesis, and may not finish by the time the legacy version is discontinued. 

Can I have accounts in both versions?

For now, both can be used in tandem. You can experiment with the new version without affecting the legacy version. However, the two versions do not sync together. You must transfer citations using the import/export command to move any content from one version to the other. 

How does the change affect Write-N-Cite (WNC)?

Write-N-Cite has not changed and can be used with either the new or legacy version of RefWorks. If you have an older version of Write-N-Cite, you will need to update it to the most current version of WNC to work with new RefWorks. Also, documents created with WNC using the legacy version cannot be modified with the new Refworks and vice versa. Eventually, ProQuest will release a new version of Write-N-Cite for new RefWorks. | 503.943.7111 or 800.841.8261 | 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203-5798 | © 2017 University of Portland, All Rights Reserved