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Updated return to campus 2021

  • Access New Refworks
  • Brief description Online reference management system. See below for an updated Introductory Guide to RefWorks
  • Resource type References and abstracts
  • Accessibility Statement: UoC / Supplier

Access Refworks

Ref Works New, Ref Works New Logo

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

  • All new users should choose the New version and “create an account" with your University email.
  • "New Refworks" users: Login with your university email address and RefWorks password above.
  • Existing "Legacy Refworks" users should use the link in the section below.

Full Details

Refworks is used to collect and manage your sources. It will also create your Reference list (Bibliography) in the Referencing style of your choice. Most courses use Cite Them Right but some such as Law or Psychology use other styles (check with your lecturers).  Refworks can format your references in whichever style you require.

"New  Refworks" help guides and video training


  • Managing your citations

    You can also use Refworks to insert citations in your essay and then create a Bibliography (Reference list) at the end.  There are two ways to do this:

    • Manually from within Refworks.  See page 11 in the Proquest Refworks guide.
    • Using a Citation tool.  There are two main ones, plus a Google docs version.

    Which one you need depends on whether you are using a PC or a Mac, Word or Google docs, which Windows and which version of Word. 
    At the present time these citation tools are not available on campus, only to download to your own device.

    This is a guide to which tool to use but see the RefWorks user guide for more detail.

    Pre Word 2016 on PC or Mac


    A download from Refworks that has to be installed.  Therefore not available on University PCs.

    Word 2016 on a PC

    WnC or RCM


    Word 2016 on a Mac


    An Add-on found in the Microsoft store, which is currently disabled on University PCs.  You will need IE or Safari loaded on your device for the RCM to work.

    Word 2019 or Office 365


    An Add-on found in the Microsoft store, which is currently disabled on University PCs. You will need IE or Safari loaded on your device for the RCM to work.

    Google Docs

    Google Doc



  • Refworks (Legacy Version)

    Legacy Refworks

    Known as the Legacy Refworks this version is no londer being developed.  Existing users of Legacy Refworks can continue using it if they wish. If you are new to Refworks please use the new version, see above.

    Legacy users who wish to switch to New Refworks: 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

  • Refworks for Alumni

    When you leave the University of Cumbria, you can continue to access Refworks through an Alumni account.  This will remain active for as long as the University subscribes to RefWorks.

    To change to an Alumni account:

    • Click on your name to access Settings
    • Under your Profile select Role and change to Alumni.
    • If you have Associated your account with your University account (Credentials), Remove Credentials.
    • Change your email address to a personal one (you won't have access to your University one!)

    For any questions about alumni accounts, please contact

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