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Managing your references: RefWorks


RefWorks is a web-based reference manager provided free to members of Oxford University via the Bodleian Libraries' institutional subscription.

Which version of RefWorks?

A new version of RefWorks was launched by the developers, Proquest, in 2016. This version is running alongside the previous version of RefWorks (now referred to as “Legacy RefWorks”) indefinitely. Previous advice was that Legacy RefWorks would be retired and that users should migrate to the new version but this decision has been reversed by the supplier.

The Bodleian Libraries runs workshops on the new version of RefWorks only but will continue to provide support for those using Legacy RefWorks.

If you are entirely new to RefWorks, we recommend that you use ProQuest RefWorks (which is the new version of RefWorks). Find out more about ProQuest RefWorks:

If you are using Legacy RefWorks and are interested in using the new version of RefWorks, please be aware that it is currently not possible to edit documents in new RefWorks if they have previously been used in Legacy RefWorks. We strongly recommend that those using Legacy RefWorks at Oxford University delay moving to the new version of RefWorks until any documents you are working on are complete.  Find out more about Legacy RefWorks and migrating to ProQuest RefWorks:

Need help with RefWorks?

Bodleian Libraries workshops

ProQuest RefWorks

Go to iSkills workshops | Bodleian Libraries ( to find any upcoming workshops on RefWorks;

and to Reference management workshop handouts | Bodleian Libraries ( to find supporting handouts, presentations slides and webinar recording

For help with ProQuest RefWorks or questions about migration please consult our FAQs page or email

Legacy RefWorks (old RefWorks)

For help with Legacy RefWorks please email