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 (ProQuest RefWorks) was launched by the developers, Proquest, in 2016. This new version is running alongside the previous version of RefWorks (now referred to as “Legacy RefWorks”) indefinitely. Previous advice was that Legacy RefWorks would be retired and that users should migrate to the new version but this decision has been reversed by the supplier.
The Bodleian Libraries runs workshops on the new version of RefWorks only but will continue to provide support for those using Legacy RefWorks.
If you are entirely new to RefWorks, we recommend that you use ProQuest RefWorks (which is the new version of RefWorks). Find out more on our LibGuide.
If you are using Legacy RefWorks and are interested in using the new version of RefWorks, please be aware that it is currently not possible to edit documents in new RefWorks if they have previously been used in Legacy RefWorks. We strongly recommend that those using Legacy RefWorks at Oxford University delay moving to the new version of RefWorks until any documents you are working on are complete. Find out more on our LibGuide.
(This advice was posted 19th December 2018.)
Connecting to ProQuest RefWorks (new RefWorks)(for users who are new to Refworks)
To use the new version of RefWorks, ProQuest RefWorks, log in to https://refworks.proquest.com/. This is recommended for users who are entirely new to RefWorks.
Connecting to Legacy RefWorks
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.
Our RefWorks licence allows Oxford University alumni as well as current members to use RefWorks.
If you are using ProQuest RefWorks, simply log into RefWorks, go to settings and change your 'role' to alumni.
If using Legacy RefWorks, 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.
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.