RefWorks is a web-based reference management system which you can use anywhere. It allows you to:

RefWorks is being upgraded to New RefWorks.  All existing RefWorks users will be using Legacy which will continue to be available. 

Login details for both are available below. Please be advised that these are two completely separate tools; data will not sync between the two.

New RefWorks

New RefWorks

Login in to New RefWorks:

  • use your Abertay email address
  • and create a password of your choosing

New RefWorks is initially being recommended for all new users of RefWorks. To find out more about how it works, speak to your Academic Librarian or attend a RefWorks workshop.

PDF Guides

Getting Started with New RefWorks

Video Guides

Learn how to use New RefWorks in 20 minutes

New RefWorks YouTube channel

Useful websites:

New RefWorks - ProQuest Libguide

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Write-N-Cite 4 (WNC) and RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM)

Whichever version of RefWorks you use, you can use it simply as a database of references with the ability to create bibliographies of its content.

Alternatively, you can use RefWorks in tandem with either WNC or RCM. These link your RefWorks account with your Word document, allowing you to insert citations as you write, creating a dynamic reference list.

Depending on whether you're using a Windows machine or a Mac, and depending on which version of Word you are using, will determine which of these tools you use.

Write-N-Cite 4 is networked on campus PCs, but can also be downloaded on to your own device. See our guidance on how to do this:

Installing Write N Cite add-in on my own device

Write-N-Cite is compatible with Legacy and New RefWorks using:

Once downloaded, if you need to log in, login via your institution by choosing Abertay from the drop-down menu.
Further information is available from the ProQuest Libguide.

RefWorks Citation Manager is a free Word add-in available from the Word Store.  To install:

Once downloaded, login:

RefWorks Citation Manager is compatible with Legacy* and New RefWorks using:

NOTE: a document must be finished using the same Word tool as it was started in ie if you have started a document using WNC, you must continue to use WNC to complete the document. You cannot switch between tools part way through the same document.


RCM (RefWorks Citation Manager) - word misbehaving

We were experiencing problems adding citations to documents created using RCM on campus with Word 2016. If you were experiencing problems, delete the version of RCM you had and reinstate it.  A newer version has subsequently been released which should have resolved these issues.

NOTE: if you were experiencing problems, the new release of RCM may not be compatible with the document you had already created. If you're unsure, please ask your Academic Librarian.

Generally speaking, if you are experiencing problems, always try to ensure you have the most up-do-date release of Word.

Why is the place of publication being duplicated in book references?

We're working to rectify this. In the meantime, please edit your book references in RefWorks - this will ensure the reference is correct each time you use it. To do this, remove the duplicate entry from the Publisher field. If you're unsure how to do this, please visit one of our drop-ins.