RefWorks is a web-based reference manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from online databases and other sources. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds, in a preferred citation style such as APA or Chicago.
ProQuest RefWorks and Legacy RefWorks
Two versions of RefWorks exist: ProQuest RefWorks (sometimes the name New RefWorks is used) and Legacy RefWorks. When you are new to RefWorks, we advise you to use ProQuest RefWorks. When you are already using Legacy RefWorks, you can keep using your account. If you want to change to ProQuest RefWorks, see From Legacy RefWorks to ProQuest RefWorks.
Why use a reference manager?
RefWorks is a reference manager, like EndNote, Reference Manager, Zotero, Citavi, Mendeley and a number of other programs. These programs are very useful for two reasons:
Why use RefWorks?
Some benefits of RefWorks are:
Please note: RefWorks is a tool: you have to remain critical and check the results, the literature list and/or references in the text, yourself!
Please note: Don't upgrade when you have a deadline for your paper, thesis or article - you need some time to get used to ProQuest RefWorks when you are used to Legacy RefWorks. Also: documents created with Write-N-Cite in Legacy RefWorks are not compatible with ProQuest RefWorks. You can keep using the same version of Write-N-Cite, but you cannot continue to work on existing documents created in Legacy RefWorks. You can upgrade documents created in Legacy RefWorks to be compatible with ProQuest RefWorks. Always save a copy of your document before upgrading it!
To move your references from Legacy RefWorks to ProQuest RefWorks:
Undergraduates, pre-masters, master students and research master students.