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Referencing & Plagiarism: RefWorks help


May 2020:  RefWorks Citation Manager has been updated.  This should automatically happen.  If you have any problems please go to Ask a Librarian and raise a ticket with us.  To see the changes please watch the video below.

New to RefWorks?

To set up a RefWorks account go to sign up.

  • Use your Middlesex email address.
  • When you leave Middlesex you can switch to a limited free account.  Change your email address in your account settings.

For help using RefWorks, go to:

To link RefWorks to Word, please follow the instructions in the Integration with Word section on this page.

New RefWorks logo

Migrating from legacy to new RefWorks

Integration with Word

To integrate RefWorks with Word us RefWorks Citation Manager.  

Windows PC

Windows 10 PC with Word 2016 or newer

  • Open Word 2016.
  • Go to the Insert tab
  • Open the Store
  • Search for Refworks
  • Install RefWorks Citation Manager:
  • Log in to Refworks the first time you use it.

For computers running older versions of Word, see the Proquest New RefWorks Libguide.


Macs running the operating system 10.6+ with Word 2016 or newer

  • Open Word 2016 on the Mac
  • Choose Insert tab and then Store
  • Search for Refworks
  • Install RefWorks Citation manager.
  • Log into RefWorks the first time you use it.

Macs with older versions of Word should see the Proquest New RefWorks Libguide.

Google docs addin for RefWorks

If you use Google Docs for writing you can get an add in which will integrate with RefWorks.

RefWorks - how to set it up and use it

May 2020:  RefWorks Citation Manager update.  There is a new version of RCM which means the images in the slides are slightly out of date. Thsi will be changed when the talk is next given.

The slides above are a new set created August 2019 and updated in February 2020.

The recording available via the link below was made on 3rd April 2020. 

Introduction to RefWorks

Refworks Citation Manager May 2020 update

Writing using RefWorks

RefWorks videos

Other reference management software

Only RefWorks is supported by Middlesex University Library, so if you haven't decided what to use, please look at RefWorks first.   Alternatives you may wish to use are:

Converting lists of references in Word for RefWorks, EndNote,etc

Combining sections of text

If you have written a document in separate sections, you can easily combine them into one document as follows:

  • Make sure all your in-text citations have been created using RefWorks Citation Manager.
  • Copy the sections in to one of the existing documents, e.g. add sections 2 and 3 to section 1.
  • In Refworks Citation Manager, click the menu button and run Update Document (as below).
  • All the citations will be checked and the corrected reference list produced at the end of the combined doc.
  • Save this with a new title so you have the original as a back up.


Adding pages to RefWorks citations

To add p or pp to ciations do this:

  • Open up your list of References In Refworks Citation Manager.
  • Choose Preview and Edit rather than quick cite.
  • In the suffix box add your page numbers in the following order. 
  • Spaces must be correct:    , p. 2    OR   , pp. 20-21