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RefWorks: Getting Started with Legacy RefWorks

RefWorks helps you to collect and organise your references and automatically create bibliographies and reference lists. It comes with a Write-N-Cite add-on to help with your in-text citations.

This guide relates to Legacy RefWorks and will no longer be updated. We recommend that you upgrade to new RefWorks as soon as possible.

Referencing Links

IMPORTANT - Upgrade to New RefWorks

Legacy RefWorks is being retired in 2023 and will not be available after 30th June. If you are not already using new RefWorks ( ask you to upgrade before end of June to avoid last minute problems.

- In Legacy RefWorks click the 'Upgrade to the latest version of RefWorks' button which is at top right of screen  (recommended method).

- Alternatively, create an account for New RefWorks and Import your references from Legacy (your folder structure will be retained and PDFs etc. imported).

Note: if you use Write-N-Cite to create in-text citations from RefWorks in your Word document it is best to complete your document before upgrading. If you do need to do the upgrade before your document is complete, take a backup copy before working on it with the new version. See Upgrade a Write-N-Cite document and contact the Library for guidance.

See more guidance on Upgrading from Legacy to New RefWorks and also how to Upgrade a Write-N-Cite document.

Login to Legacy RefWorks

If you already have a Legacy RefWorks account and are not ready to upgrade to New RefWorks, use the following link, or from the Resources tab on Portal click Login to Legacy RefWorks (this is the Legacy version of RefWorks)

Welcome to Refworks at the University of Stirling

RefWorks is a web based tool to help you collect and manage your references. You can use RefWorks anywhere as long as you first logon to the University of Stirling Portal.

With RefWorks you can:

  • Quickly store references directly from journal databases and book catalogues.
  • Automatically create bibliographies for essays, dissertations, journal articles, and other documents.
  • Select from hundreds of referencing styles (Harvard, Chicago, APA, Oscola, Journal of Ecology ... ).
  • Share your references for group work and collaborative research.
  • Using the Write-N-Cite add-in, create in-text citations and bibliographies directly in Word.


Don't forget to check which referencing style you should use for your University work so that you can use the correct style in RefWorks.

Getting Started with RefWorks

Guides especially for using RefWorks at Stirling University

Help Documentation and Webinars from Refworks

You will find a wealth of guidance, tips and videos at the RefWorks Community or you can sign up for a Refworks Webinar Event - live training over the Web. Try RefWorks Worldwide Resources for material in some different laguages including Chinese, Polish, German and others.

The most useful guides to help you get started are:

Help with RefWorks

Use the tabs at the top of this page to find more guides and information or try the RefWorks Searchable Help Index.

For more specific queries or problems:

RefWorks for Systematic Reviews

This guide provides some suggestions for organising references and dealing with duplicates but may not suit all requirements. For further help contact the Library.

More on Systematic Reviews

The methodologies in these guides are not approved by Stirling University and are provided for information and to give ideas.