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  • Brief description Online reference management system. See below for an updated Introductory Guide to RefWorks
  • Resource type References and abstracts

Access Refworks

There are currently two versions of Refworks available which run as totally separate accounts.

All new users should choose the New version. Existing users should see below for the older (Legacy) version.

New User: Login to Proquest Refworks and “create an account" with your University email.

Returning User: Login with your university email address and RefWorks password.

Full Details

Refworks is used to collect and manage your sources.

It will also create your bibliography in the Referencing style of your choice. For University of Cumbria assignments, most students (check with your lecturers) should use Cite Them Right

"New Proquest Refworks" help guides and video training

Citation Manager update:  If you have been experiencing problems with the Citation Manager App in Word, Refworks are now advising PC users to use the write-n-cite plugin instead.  See the guide above for more details.

  • Refworks (Legacy Version)

    Legacy Refworks

    Known as the Legacy version this version will be withdrawn in 2019.  Existing users can continue using a Legacy account login until then. If you want to set up a new Refworks account, see above.

    Existing users: Your account will automatically link through to Legacy so you will need to go to to set up a New Refworks account.

    See Getting started for more information.

    Once your account is set up you can Import the references from your Legacy account.

    If you have two accounts you will be asked which one you want to import to each time.

    Legacy Refworks help guide

    • Guide for using Legacy Refworks
    • There have been some issues in the past with Legacy Refworks and Internet Explorer.  If you have any problems try a different browser such as Firefox or Chrome.
  • Refworks for Alumni

    When you leave the University of Cumbria, you can apply for a Refworks Alumni account.

    For further details see the Settings section on page 14 of the Introductory guide to Refworks.

    For questions about alumni accounts, please contact