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  • Access New Refworks
  • Link to RefWorks for login using personal account
  • 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

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Refworks is now linked to the university's access system so logon with your usual username and password.  

  • If you end up at the Refworks login screen use the Institutional log in option.
  • Creating an account is straight forward but see the Proquest Refworks guide  for details.
  • If you want to use the Reference Citation Manager (RCM), the in-text citation tool, you will need to set up an "Alternative" password.  Details in the Refworks RCM guide, in the Managing References section below.  
  • If you created your account using an Alternative password it should link with your University login automatically.

The old Legacy Refworks accounts are being switched off in June.  See more details 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.

Refworks also has in-text citation management tools, see the section below.
NEW for 2022 - the RCM (Reference Citation Manager) tool has been added to Word on all university PCs and any university downloaded Office365.  It will appear in the toolbar. Refworks RCM

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. 
    The RCM is available on campus and on university downloaded versions of Microsoft 365. You need to set up an Alternate password to use the RCM.  See the guide or details above.

    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

     New users use the RCM

    Word 2016 on a Mac


    Already loaded on University devices and university download Microsoft 365.
    For your own versions of Word you need to install the Add-on found in the Microsoft store.

    Word 2019 or Office 365


    Already loaded on University PCs and university download Microsoft 365.
    For your own versions of Word you need to install the Add-on found in the Microsoft store.

    Google Docs

    Google Doc



  • Refworks (Legacy Version)

    Legacy Refworks

    The old Legacy Refworks version is being switched off in June.   

    • Existing users of Legacy Refworks will be automatically moved to a New RefWorks account before the deadline.
    • Or you can use Refworks upgrade, within your account to do it yourself.  This will transfer your account into the new version with no access to the Legacy version.
    • Alternatively if you wish to have access to both versions to cross check entries, you need to set up a new Refworks account before the deadline and import your Legacy content. This way you can have both accounts open for a while. 
      See the instructions below and the Refworks guidance on upgrading.  This includes information on upgrading documents created with Legacy.

    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 or use our Proquest Refworks guide to take you through setting up an account.

    Once your account is set up you can Import the references from your Legacy account (see page 10 in guide)

    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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