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New RefWorks

New RefWorks is an online tool to help you to collect, manage and store your documents and references.  You can store documents and quickly create reference lists, as well as cite and create a reference list in Microsoft Word.  New RefWorks is an update to the existing RefWorks software, but you don't need to have used RefWorks before in order to get started with New RefWorks.

Getting started with New RefWorks (new users)

This Four Steps to New RefWorks guide will help you to learn the basics of New RefWorks. You can also visit the New RefWorks YouTube channel for helpful tutorial videos.

  • Access New RefWorks from the library catalogue
  • Choose Login with your institution's credentials
  • Select University of Bedfordshire from the drop down list and then log in with your usual University ID and password. The first time you use New RefWorks you will need to register your account and provide some brief information about yourself and the type of course you are studying.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I transfer my references from RefWorks to New RefWorks?

    If you already use 'Legacy' Refworks it is very easy to transfer your existing references into your New RefWorks account. From New RefWorks, click on the + button > Click on Import references > Choose Import from RefWorks

How do I choose the correct University of Bedfordshire referencing style?

    Firstly, you need to check with your Department which referencing style is required for your course.  To change your citation style in New RefWorks, click on Normal View on the bottom right and select Citation View.  Next to this there is a cog symbol.  Click on this and search for and select the correct style. The style which matches University of Bedfordshire Harvard is Cite Them Right- Harvard. Other departments may use other styles.

When I drag and drop a PDF into New RefWorks it doesn't recognise all the details?

    Sometimes it will take a few minutes for the PDF to be recognised by New RefWorks, and you might find that after a while the full reference details will appear.  If this doesn't happen, click on the record and you will see a viewing pane on the right with details of the PDF.  Click on the Edit button (pencil symbol), and next to the title you will see a blue 'lightning bolt' icon. Click on this. At the bottom of the pane a menu will appear asking 'Did you mean one of these?'. Check if your document appears on the list and if so, click on it. This should complete any missing fields and correct the record. However, it is important to note that New RefWorks will not recognise all PDFs.  It works best with journal articles that are not very recent.  No referencing tool is foolproof and you may need to do some manual editing to correct records. It is important to check your references for errors or missing information.  The Citation View within New RefWorks is helpful for this.

I'm a Mac user trying to download Write N Cite?

    If you are a Mac user with latest version of Microsoft Word (2016) you will not be able to install Write N Cite as they are not compatible.  However, Mac Word 2016 is compatible with an alternative Microsoft Word Add-in called RefWorks Citation Manager (from Word > Insert > Add-ins > Word Store > search for RefWorks > select RefWorks Citation Manager and add it by clicking 'Trust it'). Please note that RefWorks Citation Manager only works with New RefWorks and documents created with Write N Cite will not work with RefWorks Citation Manager and vice versa. To sync RefWorks Citation Manager with your New RefWorks account you will need to create an alternate password as the RefWorks Citation Manager will not work with your regular University username and password. To do this, from New RefWorks, click on Settings from the drop-down menu next to your name and then choose Alternate Password and set your alternate password. When you log into the RefWorks Citation Manager from Word you will need to enter your University email address and the alternate password.  Please note this does not affect your New RefWorks login.

Can I use New RefWorks with Google Docs?

    Yes, but you will need to create an alternate password. To do this, from New RefWorks, click on Settings from the drop-down menu next to your name and then choose Alternate Password and set your alternate password. From Google Docs, click Add-ons > Get add-ons and search for Proquest RefWorks and install. Once the add-on is installed, click Add-ons > ProQuest RefWorks > Manage citations and log in with your University email address and the alternate password. Please note this does not affect your New RefWorks login.
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A Guide to Referencing» New RefWorks