Research resource of the month: ProQuest RefWorks

What is ProQuest Refworks?

ProQuest RefWorks is an online reference management, writing and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels gather, organise, store and share all types of information and to generate citations and bibliographies.

ProQuest  RefWorks can be accessed at:

You will need to click Create account the first time you use ProQuest RefWorks. You need to use your City email and you will receive a validation email which you need to click on. If you have used RefWorks Legacy before, it is strongly recommended that you choose a different password.

Use Refworks to:

  • Manage and store your references from projects and dissertations in folders.
  • Export references from CityLibrary Search and many databases and Google Scholar etc into RefWorks.
  • Create and format bibliographies in different styles and generate in text citations.
  • Save PDFs and documents directly from your computer.
  • Collaborate and share references with others.

Please remember to check any bibliographies or outputs created by ProQuest RefWorks or any other reference management tool for accuracy. If you are using Harvard style referencing, we recommend that you try the Cite Them Right Harvard style on ProQuest RefWorks  and also recommend using Cite Them Right Online,  a very useful website for citing and referencing with examples.

For more information, see our ProQuest RefWorks Library Guide.


RefWorks Library guide

Ever considered using reference management software?

Some advantages are:

Store your references in one place and organised in folders
Search, edit your references etc.
Create bibliographies and in text citations
Access your references over the Internet
Sharing your references with other researchers
Saving PDFs/ links to full text resources

City University London subscribes to RefWorks, see our Library guide here. If you have studied elsewhere and wish to import your references, see here.

Reference Management tools

Reference management tools are useful for storing and sharing references and creating bibliographies and citing in texts. Different tools are available so you may wish to try them out, ask your supervisor, other colleagues and researchers in your department what they are using and look at their functionality before making a choice.

CiteULike: A free online tool for saving and sharing references, and for discovering academic papers as you can see what resources have been used by other researchers – see who is reading the same papers as you. There is no plug in for Word, but you can export citations into other software.

RefWorks An online research management, writing and collaboration tool. It is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

Mendeley: A free academic reference management software for researchers. Enables you to save and share references via the Web. It is a free reference manager and social networking tool enabling you to save and share references and to read your papers anywhere via the web.

Zotero A plug in for the Firefox browser. It enables you to capture references from web pages. There is also a plug in for Word to enable you to insert references into your papers. Please note that you must use Firefox to use Zotero.


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RefWorks is an online reference management tool where you can import your references, manage them in folders and produce bibliographies. You can cite references in documents and use different styles.

The first time you use it, you will have to create an account but then you can access it over the Internet.

Access it on the Library catalogue at: