RefWorks is a bibliographic management software that allows you to import bibliographic details from databases and other sources to create a personal library.
The RefWorks Add-on for Word, RefWorks Citation Manager enables you to seamlessly insert citations in your document as you write and then generate references at the end of the document.
Go to the Library Refworks page and follow the "Login to RefWorks (New)" or "Login to RefWorks (Legacy) link (on the right hand side). Log in to RefWorks using your RefWorks username and password,
If it's your first time, you'll need to register with RefWorks by choosing "Sign up for a new account" at this screen. Make sure you sign up to the most recent version of the platform via "Login to RefWorks (New)" or look for ProQuest RefWorks online.
Click on ‘Create account’
Enter your Brunel email address and click on ‘Check’
You should then be prompted to create a password
An email will then be sent to your account imminently; open the email and click on the activation link
Your account will then be ready to use
In future, you will be required to sign in with your Brunel email address plus the password you created when registering
When registering with RefWorks, you can enter either your Brunel email address or your personal email address. For security reasons, you should avoid using your Brunel username and password as your RefWorks login name and password.
From the Brunel RefWorks page, select the "Collecting References" section which details the different ways references are collected. Most of our databases allow direct export into RefWorks, including Academic Search Complete and Scopus. A step by step guide to exporting from databases is included on this web page .
Academic Search Complete is a good general database covering all subject areas. It is also provided by a supplier who provides some of our other key databases such as Cinahl, PsycInfo, Business Source Premier, British Education Index. To export items from here to RefWorks:
Scopus is one of the most straightforward databases from which to export into RefWorks. You can either export selected references from a single search results list, or build up a list from different searches.
From a single search results list:
To build a list from different searches:
In both cases this will open up a dialogue box. Select "RefWorks direct export". It's set to output Citation information only, but we would recommend that you change this last to "Citations and abstract information". Click the "Export" button.
A full list of databases that support direct export can be found on our Collecting references page. A selection of key sources are:
To add a reference for a book, import the record from a library catalogue. This is done from within RefWorks. On the RefWorks toolbar select "Search Databases".
The first time you use it the default is set to PubMed. Open the drop down to see the full list. We have put some specific for Brunel at the top of the list:
Select the library you wish to search. You can use the Quick Search to collect a list of books on a general subject or the Advanced Search to look for particular books by author and/or title.
From the results list, select the record(s) you want and select Import. At this stage you can select the folder into which you want the records imported.
Some databases do not allow direct export to RefWorks but need an intermediate file. These include ZETOC - a valuable current awareness database.
The process will take a number of stages:
There are now very few databases that need this process. Follow the individual instructions on our RefWorks by Database webpage.
You can use RefWorks with Google Scholar, too. On Google Scholar,
To import multiple references into your RefWorks account, use to add references to "My library".
After completing the searches;
RefWorks allows you to create folders in which to store your references. Simply select the New Folder box to create a folder.
RefWorks has standard folders in addition to those you create: