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Finding information for Psychology: Activity 1: Creating your RefWorks account

A guide to help you find information for your Psychology essays, reports and dissertation.

Activity 1: Getting Started with RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based referencing tool to help make referencing easy. It has two big advantages. Firstly, it allows you to gather, manage and store your references and secondly it interacts with Word allowing you to easily create citations and reference lists in the style (such as Harvard Cite them Right) that you require. 

  • Use the Databases link (within FindIt@Bham) to locate RefWorks - New.  Click on the title to enter RefWorks - New.
  • If you haven’t used RefWorks - New before you will be asked to register:
    • Click ‘Create account’
    • Enter your University e-mail address and select ‘Check’
      • NB: it not is recommended to use the 'Institutional' login route for creating an account, as this may not work with Word
    • Think of and enter a password
    • An activation link should be emailed to  your Uni inbox. Find this and accept
    • Complete the pop-up  form with your details: you will then have a RefWorks Account 
  • Once in RefWorks click on ‘My folders’ > ‘+ Add a Folder’ from the left-hand menu. Name your folder (for example ResearchProject_Sept18) and click Create. You should see your folder appear in the ‘My Folders’ list.

Using RefWorks with Microsoft Word

RefWorks offers an add-in for Microsoft Word that allows you to drop any citation from your RefWorks account into a Word document, fully-formatted in whatever citation style you choose. It also creates and automatically updates a bibliography or works cited page. Using this add-in can help you spend less time on citations and formatting and more on the actual work of writing.

There are two versions of the add-in. Write-n-Cite is the old version, and works with Word 2013 and earlier. The new version is called RefWorks Citation Manager, and works with Word 2016 and later. Choose the version you need below for instructions on installing and using the tool. If you have any problems with the Citation Manager in Word 2016, you can still use the downloadable Write n Cite tool.

Some useful video links from the suppliers Proquest in the following table, or go to the sections further below for text and screenshot illustrations for each version.

Installing Write n Cite or Citation Manager    Inserting Citations and Creating bibliographies   
Word 2013 and before 

Word 2013 and before

Word 2016

Word 2016

If you experience any difficulties with installing Write n Cite or Citation Manager on your own laptop, it is recommended to email the Proquest Support Desk in the first instance.  See also "Help and other software" in this Guide.

Further help and support

Further Help:

More help on referencing at: and (sign in using your usual UoB log-in details or access directly via FindIt@Bham). More help on RefWorks can be found on our guide at

Further help and support:

Information sources for Psychology:

For further help in using any of our business resources, you can book a session with an Academic Skills Advisor in Library Services via

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