RefWorks (Reference Management Software)

New to RefWorks? Start here!

Logo for the new version of Refworks

**IMPORTANT - READ THIS FIRST**

If you are an existing "Legacy RefWorks" user, DO NOT MIGRATE to New RefWorks until you have completed any documents being worked on and attached to your existing “Legacy RefWorks” account. Finish your essay, dissertation, thesis or other piece of work using RefWorks Legacy before migrating to the New RefWorks system.

**FAO MAC USERS & USERS OF REFWORKS CITATION MANAGER PLUG-IN**
As of November 2017, we recommend that Macintosh laptop or desktop users using Word 2016 remain on Legacy Refworks for the time being while Refworks urgently addresses problems with their new Refworks Citation Manager (RCM) application - this is intended to work with New Refworks and MS Word for Mac 2016. In the last two weeks there have been many reports of problems with the RCM tool, from both PC and Mac users. We therefore recommend 1) that Mac users employing Word 2016 refrain from using RCM for now or opt to use Legacy Refworks and the writing and citing tools within that for the time being; and 2) PC users using New Refworks should also use one of the appropriate versions (for their OS and software) of the 'Cite in Microsoft Word' tool, until issues with RCM are resolved.

Before using New RefWorks, please read our user guide.

Click here to create your New RefWorks account.

At the sign-up page you will be asked to enter your Keele email address - type it in and click on 'Check'. Note, your Keele email address will be your username on New RefWorks. During the sign up process you will receive an email containing a link to confirm registration, and you will also have to create and enter your own password.

Once registration is complete you will be able to login using the link below.

Login to the New RefWorks

If you have any questions on using the New RefWorks contact the Library by emailing library.refworks@keele.ac.uk

Legacy RefWorks Users

Help for Legacy RefWorks can now be found here.

Migrating Your Account

Read our instructions on importing your references from Legacy RefWorks to the New RefWorks.

Before doing so, please note the following:

  • It is not essential that you do this immediately. In particular, DO NOT MIGRATE to New RefWorks until you have completed any documents being worked on and attached to your existing “Legacy RefWorks” account. Finish your essay, dissertation, thesis or other piece of work using RefWorks Legacy before migrating to the New RefWorks system.
  • Accounts on the New RefWorks system can be set up using your Keele email address; an automated email reply will prompt you to set up a password and then you can start to use New RefWorks - once the new version is up and running for a few months we will advise users on how to associate their New RefWorks accounts with their Keele login.
  • All accounts on the existing “Legacy Refworks” version will still be available to users until at least the end of 2018 - ProQuest have indicated in replies to institutions/users that this date may be extended into 2019.
  • Users can use both their Legacy and New RefWorks accounts throughout the migration period - note however they are considered separate accounts and any references added to New RefWorks will not appear in the Legacy version.

Book A Place On Our Training Sessions

The Library service offers RefWorks training at the Campus and Health Libraries.

Sessions at the Campus Library are hosted by Librarians in the Academic Services team, and those at the Health Library by either Mariet Schepers, Gill Grigson or Rachael Lewis.

Date Time Venue Booking
Friday 22 September 2017 10.00am Health Library Book Your Place
Wednesday 12 October 2017 10.00am 59, The Covert  Book Through Keele People
Wednesday 12 October 2017 * 1.00pm 59, The Covert    Book Through Keele People
Wednesday 25 October 2017 11.00am Health Library Book Your Place
Monday 6 November 2017 2.00pm Health Library Book Your Place
Tuesday 14 November 2017 4.00pm Health Library Book Your Place
Wednesday 15 November 2017 12.00pm Campus Library Book Your Place
Wednesday 22nd November 2.00pm Health Library Book Your Place
Wednesday 29 November 2017 12.00pm Campus Library Book Your Place
Wednesday 6th December 2017 11.00am Health Library Book Your Place

* Advanced RefWorks session

Frequently Asked Questions

I have more than one RefWorks Legacy account attached to my Keele email address or other personal email - what can I do?
Once you have set up a New RefWorks account, you can import your references from each of your Refworks Legacy accounts one-by-one- see our instructions on how to do this. You can only have one account on the New RefWorks system, and that has to be registered to your Keele email address - but you can import your references from all of your Refworks Legacy accounts to your new one.

I share a Legacy RefWorks account with research colleagues - can we continue to do so on New Refworks?
Yes, this is possible. However, you will have to set up a new email address for your migrated shared account. Create a new Google email address to act as the "host" for your shared account - colleagues in Keele IT Services could also help setting this up. Once you have done this, contact library.refworks@keele.ac.uk and we will help you finalise the migration - it will be a case of simply setting up the new account attached to the new email address, and then importing the references from the existing shared Legacy Refworks account.

Can I still use the existing version of Write N Cite on my computer with the new RefWorks?
Yes - when you login to Write N Cite it should connect to the appropriate version of RefWorks you are using - dependent on whether you are logging into RefWorks Legacy or New RefWorks.

I have added references to New RefWorks but they are not appearing in my RefWorks Legacy account.
Users can use both their Legacy and New RefWorks accounts throughout the migration period - note however they are considered separate accounts and any references added to New RefWorks will not appear in the Legacy version.

About RefWorks

Reference management software can help you in lots of ways:

  • Collect and manage references to articles, books, and other literature
  • Import references from online databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier, MEDLINE and so on)
  • Search and sort your references in different ways
  • Produce a bibliography / reference list
  • Insert citations into a word-processing document and generate the corresponding reference list (you first need to download the 'Write 'N' Cite tool if working off-campus, but it should already be available on PCs on the Keele University network)

RefWorks is online reference management software (no need to install any software on your computer), is accessible wherever you have an internet connection, and is completely free to members of Keele University.



Alumni Access

Are you leaving Keele but want to continue to use RefWorks?

No problem, as long as Keele University subscribes to RefWorks, you can continue to use it through the alumni access scheme.

Please send an email to library.refworks@keele.ac.uk with your name and details.

We'll then send you instructions on moving your account from the Keele system to the RefWorks alumni system.

We recommend you contact us before your Keele registration ends, however we can re-instate access to accounts even if this happens.

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Got A Question On RefWorks?

Email: refworks.support@proquest.com