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RefWorks: Getting Started

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.

Referencing Links


The RefWorks 'Direct Export' function is currently not working in Scopus.

You can still export your references to RefWorks as follows (click the pdf for screen images):

1. In Scopus click the drop down box to choose your export method.

2. Select RIS Format and click Export

3. Click Save As and select the folder where you want to save the references

4. Login to RefWorks, click the References menu and select Import

5. In the Import References Box change the settings as follows:

  • Import Filter/Data Source = RIS Format
  • Database = Scopus
  • Select Text File = Browse to find your RIS file
  • Import into Folder = select your RefWorks folder

Login to RefWorks

Use the following link, or from the Resources tab on Portal click Login to 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.