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RefWorks is a web-based reference management system which you can use anywhere. It allows you to:

  • Create, organise and share an online personal database of references.
  • Import the references for books, e-books and journals from databases and create your own references.
  • Format bibliographies for your coursework in seconds and saves you hours of typing time.
  • Your database is available anywhere at anytime with no special software required. It is web-based and can be used across various platforms including Macs.

RefWorks is being upgraded to New RefWorks.  All existing RefWorks users will be using Legacy which will continue to be available. 

  • We recommend all new users to use New RefWorks.
  • Existing users can continue using Legacy until they wish to make the move to New, but it is advisable to contact your Academic Librarian first to discuss your options.

Login details for both are available below. Please be advised that these are two completely separate tools; data will not sync between the two.

Legacy RefWorks

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Login in to Legacy RefWorks:

  • choose Abertay from the 'My Institution's Credentials'.

Existing RefWorks users should continue to use Legacy RefWorks until either speaking to their Academic Librarian or attending a RefWorks workshop.

PDF Guides

Getting started with Legacy RefWorks

Video Guides

Learn how to use Legacy RefWorks in 20mins 

Abertay Quick Guide to Customising your RefWorks Account

ProQuest RefWorks YouTube Channel

Useful websites 

Legacy RefWorks - ProQuest Libguide

RefWorks Quick Start Guides in 13 Languages 

How to Import Citations into RefWorks from Different Databases

RefWorks and other Programs/Tools

Using RefWorks with LaTeX and BibTeX

Moving Citations from Word Documents into RefWorks

Moving Citations from Other Reference Management Tools into RefWorks


Write-N-Cite 4 (WNC) and RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM)

Whichever version of RefWorks you use, you can use it in isolation as a database of references with the ability to create bibliographies of its content.

Alternatively, you can use RefWorks in tandem with either WNC or RCM. These link your RefWorks account with your Word document, allowing you to insert citations as you write, creating a dynamic reference list.

Depending on whether you're using a Windows machine or a Mac, and depending on which version of Word you are using, will determine which of these tools you use.

Write-N-Cite 4

Write-N-Cite 4 is networked on campus PCs, but can also be downloaded on to your own device. See our guidance on how to do this:

Installing Write N Cite add-in on my own device

Write-N-Cite is compatible with Legacy and New RefWorks using:

  • Windows: 2013, 2016
  • Mac: Word 2008, 2011
Once downloaded, if you need to log in, login via your institution by choosing Abertay from the drop-down menu.
Further information is available from the ProQuest Libguide.

RefWorks Citation Manager

RefWorks Citation Manager is a free Word add-in available from the Word Store.  To install:

  • In Word, go to Insert
  • Store (if not visible, check under Add-ins)
  • Search for RefWorks Citation Manager
  • Add 
Once downloaded, login:
  • New RefWorks - use your New RefWorks username (Abertay email) and password.
  • *Legacy - contact your Academic Librarian for a separate username and password.

RefWorks Citation Manager is compatible with Legacy* and New RefWorks using:

  • Windows: Word 2016
  • Mac: Word 2016
NOTE: a document must be finished using the same Word tool as it was started in ie if you are part way through a document using WNC, you must continue to use WNC to complete the document. You cannot switch between tools part way through the same document.

RCM (RefWorks Citation Manager) - word misbehaving

We're currently experiencing problems adding citations to documents created using RCM on campus with Word 2016, version 16.0.4549.1000. We have reported this and are working on a solution.  If off-campus, update your release of Word 2016 to the latest available as the problem seems to be specific to the aforementioned version.

If problems persist, please email your Academic Librarian, or attend one of our drop-ins. 

Why is the place of publication being duplicated in book references?

We're working to rectify this. In the meantime, please edit your book references in RefWorks - this will ensure the reference is correct each time you use it. To do this, remove the duplicate entry from the Publisher field. If you're unsure how to do this, please visit one of our drop-ins.