For more information about exporting results to RefWorks, see the extra sections in this Guide, on FindIt, PubMed, Cochrane and Google Scholar.
Once you have organized your citations into a folder, you can use that folder to generate a formatted bibliography. (You can also use the Quick Cite feature to generate the in-text citations for your text: this is also available via the speech mark icon / Create Bibliography referred to below).
1. Click on the RefWorks folder you want to use to generate your bibliography
2. If you want to use every reference in this folder for your bibliography, go on to the next step. If you want to use specific references, click the checkbox next to each reference you want to use.
3. Click on / Create Bibliography and choose Create Bibliography in the pop-up.
Quick Cite will create the in-text citations (not the reference list). NB: If you are using a numbering style such as Vancouver, you may need to do the in-text citations manually.
4. Choose your citation style (eg Cite them Right Harvard, Vancouver) from the dropdown menu at the top, and watch as your bibliography is automatically changed to match. When you are happy, click Copy to Clipboard.
5. Then just go to Microsoft Word (or wherever you are writing your paper) and paste the bibliography in.
For more things you can do with RefWorks and Word, see "Using RefWorks with Word" in this guide.
NB: Remember to Always Proofread RefWorks - in case of any small errors which may need correcting.
For a suite of videos on using RefWorks, see the supplier's YouTube Channel (Proquest / Ex Libris).
Read the following instructions, then do the same, using your own references from your RefWorks account.
Add a Citation
Open a new document in Microsoft Word, and locate the RefWorks tab at the top. RefWorks (Write n Cite) is pre-installed on the computer cluster PCs on campus.
Click on “Log In” and enter your RefWorks username and password.
Start writing your document.
To add your first citation, choose “Insert Citation” and then “Insert New.”
|EXTRA: FOR USE WITH YOUR OWN PERSONAL LAPTOP OR PC|
|Get the Write 'n Cite plugin|
|From within RefWorks, select the tools icon, then choose Tools from the resulting drop-down:|
Scroll down the next screen to "Cite in Microsoft Word".
Then: check against the Windows or MAC versions for the correct Write n Cite plugin to download.
NB: there is currently (October 2019) a problem for MACBook users at University of Birmingham who also have Office 365 from the University site. It is recommended that you use Quick Cite and Create Bibliography within RefWorks itself, and then copy and paste the resulting reference list (and possibly in-text citations) into Word.
Follow the instructions in the Tools section of RefWorks:
NB: Write n Cite, although intended for pre-2016 versions of Word, should work with Word 2016 and be more reliable than the Add-in Citation Manager.
You may need to install Java software first, to enable Write n Cite to download fully to your MAC.
If you are unable to activate Write n Cite, or are having other problems with using RefWorks on your MAC, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org : the support team will get back to help you.
Then close down any open Word screens, before re-opening to allow the toolbar for RefWorks Write n Cite to be activated. You may need to make toolbars visible to do so.
RefWorks can also be used in conjunction with Google Docs to cite references directly in-text and create a bibliography (reference list) at the end of the Google Doc.
To install the add-on feature in Google Docs, go to the tools icon in RefWorks, then tools again. Scroll down to the Cite in Google Docs section to follow instructions to "Get the add-on".
Once installed, a panel should appear on the right of the Google Doc. You can use this to select citations from your RefWorks account, insert these into your work and create a reference list (bibliography) at the end. When you have finished your document, it can be downloaded as a Word document.
For more information on using the RefWorks add-on within Google Docs, see this supplier video, which has subtitles on-screen (Proquest, 2019). Google Docs are covered from around 4 minutes into the video.
Proquest (2019) Writing with Refworks. Available at: https://youtu.be/FbD8W8tVmGs (Accessed 02 January 2020)
If in doubt, you can always use the manual entry option to create a record of a reference within RefWorks.
Select the + Add icon at the top left of the RefWorks screen and then "Create new reference".
The following pop-up will produce a template of fields for you to enter details. Choose the required format, eg Journal article, to bring up the required fields.
Enter details and save the results.
If you encounter technical problems with RefWorks, perhaps in setting up on your laptop, or with something not working as it should, then either contact RefWorks Support directly (they wiil reply!) by selecting the question mark and drop-down in RefWorks:
Contact the University IT Helpdesk