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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a reference management system that is web-based so it accessible from any internet-connected device.  RefWorks lets you:

- create and manage your personal bibliographic database
- manually create references
- import journal article details from databases (such as DISCOVER and  EBSCOhost RD collections)
- import book citations from the library catalogue  or ebook collections (like DawsonEra)
- automatically create and format reference lists in a chosen style (such as Harvard)

Getting started with RefWorks

RefWorks can save you a lot of time with preparing assignments, reading lists or publications.  

You can access RefWorks by searching the library catalogue. Log in with your usual University username and password. The first time you use RefWorks you will need to register your account using your University email address.


This is a tool which works with RefWorks to insert citations and a reference list in a Word document. You can download it on your own laptop or computer via RefWorks. If you're on a PC in the LRC or library, you need to: click on the start menu > Programs > RefWorks > Install Write-N-Cite plugin for RefWorks (this is not automatically available on Macs).  See this Quick Start guide to find out more about how to use Write-N-Cite.


RefWorks has put together an excellent collection of onscreen demonstrations and helpsheets.  On the RefWorks menu bar, open the Help menu and click on Tutorials. 

To get started with RefWorks, follow our "Five Steps to Working with RefWorks". If you'd like to know more about what you can do with it, have a look at our "Five More Steps".

Your Academic Liaison Librarian would be happy to help you with RefWorks and show you how to use it with your subject area's digital resources.   Also, the library has a RefWorks blog which posts news about service upgrades and key features.

Assignments & RefWorks

The default output styles used by RefWorks may not necessarily comply with the referencing style preferred by your department. The Output Style Manager in RefWorks gives you hundreds of house style layouts to choose from. These include the "Harvard UoB" referencing style which is the most commonly used style at the University of Bedfordshire. You should always check with the unit handbook or tutor that you are using the correct style.

This guide uses the UoB-Harvard system. Always consult your unit handbook or tutor to make sure you are using the correct system for the unit. Some subjects use other systems.
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