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Use RefWorks to collect and manage your references and help with your in-text citations and bibliographies.

New RefWorks Accounts

You can choose to login to RefWorks using a personal username and password. It is not essential but can make it quicker and easier if you plan to continue using RefWorks when you graduate. All that will be required is to update your email address in settings to your personal address.

Alternatively you can 'Use Login from my institution'

  • If you wish to continue using RefWorks when you graduate you will need to convert to a personal account using username and password. You 'must' do this before graduating.

See further information below on the login methods and how to set them up.

SIgn-up for a New RefWorks Account (personal account with user name and password)

Ceate a personal account if you are happy to use a user name and password. 

  1. Go to and click the “Create Account” link.

  2. Fill in your information using your University of Stirling email address.
  3. Create a password which you will remember. Do not use your University password.

Next you should receive an email with a link to complete the registration process. You may need to check your spam/junk mailbox.

Use login from my institution

IMPORTANT: When using login from my institution for the first time, you will be asked to accept cookies and occasionally after that point you will see a blank screen and can't proceed to the next step in the process. At this point please click the refresh icon in refresh your browser (or F5 on your keyboard) and you can complete your registration. Contact the Library if there are further issues.


Reference Citation Manager (RCM) which is the RefWorks writing tool in Word that enables you to cite your references directly to your Word document, now also allows you to use your institutional login.

  1. Go to  

  1. From the login box click Use login from my institution. 

  1. Type Stirling or browse down to University of Stirling, and click on University of Stirling 


  1. If you are asked to sign in, please use your full user name e.g. (students) or (staff) followed by your University network password. 


  2. You may be asked to enter your University email address and give your consent to the Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. There may be some additional questions to answer.