RefWorks is an online reference management tool which facilitates gathering and managing citations to books, articles, papers, web sites and other sources of information and which can be used to insert in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies in a wide range of citation styles in your word processed documents. You can find out more about RefWorks and compare it to other reference managers in our Reference Management LibGuide.
The Bodleian Libraries' have a subscription to RefWorks which entitles members of Oxford University and Oxford alumni to use RefWorks freely.
Different versions of RefWorks
A new version of RefWorks (RefWorks 3) has recently been launched by the developers, Proquest. This new version will run alongside the existing version of RefWorks (now referred to as “Legacy RefWorks”) until January 2018.
Although both versions are now available to Oxford members, currently it is not possible to edit documents in new RefWorks if they have previously been used in Legacy RefWorks. We therefore strongly recommend that existing RefWorks users at Oxford University delay moving to the new version of RefWorks for the time being. > Find out more in our LibGuide on migrating to New RefWorks
Those who are entirely new to RefWorks should use the new version, RefWorks 3.
(This advice was posted 15 March 2016 - regular updates on the recommendation will be posted on this page).
Connecting to Legacy RefWorks (existing RefWorks users)
To use Legacy RefWorks log in to http://www.refworks.com/refworks
When you access your account from outside Oxford you may be prompted for the Oxford "Group Code" which is a separate password which authenticates you as a bona fide member of Oxford University. You can look up the Group Code in Bodleian Libraries e-resources page in Weblearn. Note - when you follow the link you will be prompted to log in with your Oxford Single Sign on (SSO). Once logged in, scroll down the alphabetical list to find RefWorks.
Connecting to RefWorks 3 (new RefWorks)(for users who are new to Refworks)
To use the new version of RefWorks, RefWorks 3 log in to https://refworks.proquest.com/ This is recommended for users who are entirely new to RefWorks.
Our RefWorks licence allows Oxford University alumni as well as current members to use RefWorks.
If you wish to access RefWorks Legacy after you graduate you will need to use the Group Code to log in. You can look up the Group Code in Bodleian Libraries e-resources page in Weblearn. Note - when you follow the link you will be prompted to log in with your Oxford Single Sign on (SSO). Once logged in, scroll down the alphabetical list to find RefWorks. If you wish to set up a RefWorks account after you have left Oxford and your SSO credentials have expired please email the RefWorks administrator who can send you the Group Code.
If you wish to access RefWorks 3 (new RefWorks) after you graduate please email the RefWorks administrator
The Bodleian Libraries run free workshops on using RefWorks several times each term. Check the timetable to see when the next classes will take place.
In addition, Proquest runs free online training sessions
If you have questions about RefWorks or other reference managers please contact our reference management enquiry line.