There are a number of tools which you can use to help you store references and to build your reference list. The main system we currently support is RefWorks, although there are other free tools available which you use on both desktop and mobile devices.
Note that there are two versions of RefWorks currently available.
New RefWorks has an easier to use interface than the previous version and we recommend all new users start using this version. See our New Refworks guide to help you get started.
Existing users can continue to use the RefWorks Classic, but you can choose to move over to the new version at any time.
You can access the new RefWorks via https://refworks.proquest.com/. If you haven't used it before please watch the videos on our New Refworks Guide.
We have created videos for users who are already using the old version of RefWorks and new users who want to use the new RefWorks for the first time.
RefWorks is a web tool which provides you with your own personal reference management database. Not only can you use RefWorks to record and store references that you have used to support your assignments, RefWorks also creates bibliographies online in a variety of reference styles from your references.
As a Staffordshire University student or staff member you can access RefWorks from any Internet connected computer; there is no need to install any software.
You can use RefWorks to:
You might want to use the new version of RefWorks and more information can be found via http://libguides.staffs.ac.uk/newrefworks
All students and staff at the University have a RefWorks account. There is a link to RefWorks under the Essentials pane on the Library Resources web page, or you can use the link below.
Access RefWorks: Login to RefWorks
On the login screen enter your normal username and password and click login.
The video below shown where to locate the link and how to login to RefWorks.
In January 2105 we changed the way we access RefWorks. If you had a RefWorks account prior to this date you will need to migrate your account to ensure you have access to your stored references. The video below explans this process:
There are several ways of adding your references into RefWorks:
Note: You cannot import directly from a Microsoft Word file into RefWorks
We have created a number of videos to explain how to manage your references within RefWorks
You can export your bibliography as a text, html, rich text or Word file.
Export as a file
There is lots of support available for RefWorks. A good place to start is with the online guides from ProQuest who supply RefWorks
This video from ProQuest provides a good introduction to get you started:
We have also created a number of videos to explain how to manage your references within RefWorks and how to create your bibliography.
Download these self-study guides to practice using RefWorks on your own.