This legacy version of RefWorks will be retired in 2018. A new and improved version of RefWorks (ProQuest RefWorks) is available now.  You may create a ProQuest RefWorks account and try it out:

  • Legacy RefWorks users may create a new RefWorks account simply by clicking the link “Move to the newest version of RefWorks from ProQuest” at the top of the screen in their legacy RefWorks account and follow the on-screen instructions.
    Important notes:
    • All contents in your legacy RefWorks account including references, folder structure, attachements and custome styles will be automatically copied to your new ProQuest RefWorks account.
    • Users can keep and use both the legacy and the new RefWorks accounts in parallel before the former retires.
    • Migration from legacy to new RefWorks can occur multiple times (new RefWorks will only import new references from legacy on subsequent imports).  However it is a one-way migration, meaning reference changes will not migrate back to legacy from new RefWorks.
  • New users can create a new ProQuest RefWorks account directly.

Research Guide: Citing Sources of Information - Citation Management Tools (access the new RefWorks)

What Can RefWorks Do for You?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management tool, available to CityU staff and students, that allows you to:

  • create a personal database of references/citations that you found by searching various databases or library catalogues
  • organize the references into folders for different topics/assignments/projects
  • insert references in your paper and automatically format the in-text citations and create the bibliography in the citation style of your choice
  • access your references from any location via the Web as they are stored on the RefWorks server instead of on a local PC

Remote Access to RefWorks

Group code is NOT required for remote access now. Just click on the "Log in RefWorks" button above and log in your personal RefWorks account.

Use Write-N-Cite to Format Papers within MS Word

Write-N-Cite is a utility that allows Microsoft Word users to cite references from their personal RefWorks databases in a paper and create a bibliography at the end of the document in the preferred citation style easily with simple clicks on buttons/links while they are working within MS Word.

To use this feature, you need to download and install the Write-N-Cite utility program on your PC:

  1. Log in your personal RefWorks account.
  2. Select Tools, then Write-N-Cite in the menu bar.
  3. In the window that pops up, choose to download the version of Write-N-Cite appropriate for the machine (Windows / Mac) and the version of MS Word that you use. Don't miss the installation information.

Information on this feature is available from RefWorks Help (select from the left menu "Writing Your Paper And Creating Your Bibliography", then "Using Write-N-Cite To Write and Format Your Paper").

Help on Using RefWorks

Getting Started (highly recommended):
RefWorks Quick Start Guide concise instructions on the major features of RefWorks
How to Import References from Library E-Resources to RefWorks Flash tutorials demonstrating how to directly export references from major Library databases into RefWorks; and step-by-step help on how to import references exported from databases in text file format into RefWorks
RefWorks Tutorials Videos created by RefWorks Training and Client Services for RefWorks users showing you step by step how to use RefWorks.
More Information for Advanced Users:
Working with RefMobile instructions on how to access your references in RefWorks from your smart phone, mobile phone or PDA via RefMobile (the mobile interface of RefWorks)

Write-N-Cite Help

  1. In left menu, select "Writing Your Paper And Creating Your Bibliography"
  2. Select "Using Write-N-Cite To Write and Format Your Paper"

About Write-N-Cite 4:

instructions on how to download, install and use Write-N-Cite to format your papers within MS Word.
Writing Your Paper And Creating Your Bibliography -- Working With Footnotes And Endnotes

instructions on adding a citation to a footnote or endnote, and creating a bibliography and formatting a paper with footnotes or endnotes

RefWorks Tutorials: RefWorks Output Style Editor

Videos illustrating how to customize existing output styles or create your own using the output style editor. (N.B. More details in RefWorks Help -> Writing Your Paper And Creating Your Bibliography -> Customizing An Output Style)

Converting References from Other Bibliographic Management Programs

instructions for getting your data out of other bibliographic management programs such as EndNote, EndNote Web, ProCite, Reference Manager, Biblioscape, Citation, Papyrus, etc. and into RefWorks

RefWorks Help everything you want to know about using RefWorks
Questions / Enquiries
RefWorks FAQ answers to frequently asked questions that you can consult
Further enquiries:

    Law and Reference Help Desk
    (in person, or at 3442-8395);


for questions on account creation, access to RefWorks, use of general RefWorks features

for problems with RefWorks features/functions, especially technical ones