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Referencing & Plagiarism: RefWorks help

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

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

Combining sections of text

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

  • Make sure all your intext citations have been created using RefWorks Citation Manager
  • Copy the sections in to one of the existing documents, e.g. adding 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.
  • Save this with a new title so you have the original to go back to if need be.

RefWorks - how to set it up and use it

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

The recording below is from 2018.  I will make a new recording when I run the webinar in April 2020.

Introduction to RefWorks

Writing using RefWorks

RefWorks videos

Integration with Word

To integrate new RefWorks with Word you need either RefWorks Citation Manager or Write N Cite.   Follow the links below to find out more and for instructions on how to install on your own computer.  Write N Cite has been installed on Middlesex University student PCs. 

Windows PC

If you are using a Windows 10 PC with Word 2016 use Refworks Citation Manager:

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

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


For Macs running the operating system 10.6+ with Word 2016, then you need to get RefWorks Citation Manager:

  • Open Word 2016 on the Mac
  • Choose Insert tab and then Store
  • Search for and 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.

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: