RefWorks is a web-based citation manager. RefWorks allows you to compile, edit and format bibliographies by importing references directly from library databases, library catalogue, Google Scholar and websites or by entering them manually and inserting them into your finished paper in the citation style of your choice (eg. Harvard).
RefWorks is a great citing and referencing aid, but it is important that you understand the principles of citing and referencing first. The library promotes and supports the Harvard Style of Citing and Referencing which is commonly used in DCU. Take a look at the Citing and Referencing Page for more information.
New to RefWorks - sign up for an individual account
6 ways to add references into your RefWorks Account
- Library Databases - 2 ways - Direct Export or InDirect Export (save as a text file) - List of A-Z of library databases with instructions on how to add references to your RefWorks Account
- Adding a reference manually - Click on "Add Reference" button
- Library Catalogue - 2 ways - from your RefWorks Account or the Library catalogue
- Google Scholar - Edit the settings to include ...
- Websites using RefGrab-it - Download RefGrab-it from your RefWorks account - Tools
- RSS Feeds
Write-N-Cite 4 (WNC) is a plugin for Microsoft Word that connects with your RefWorks account.
It allows you to insert in-text citations and produce your bibliography in your chosen citation style (Harvard). Write-N-Cite can be downloaded from your RefWorks account and is available as a RefWorks tab in the MS Word ribbon (top of screen).
All PCs in DCU library have Write-N-Cite available in MS Word.
Installing Write-N-Cite 4 for Windows
Write-N-Cite 4 was launched in June 2012 (updated March 2013)
- On-Campus and Off-Campus install Write-N-Cite from your RefWorks Account, in Tools menu
- Close Microsoft Word when installing Write-N-Cite
- If you have an earlier version, Write-N-Cite III, uninstall it before continuing. Updates to Write-N-Cite 4 can be installed over the current version.
- Instructions for installing Write-N-Cite 4
- Instructions for DCU users
- RefWorks instructions
Installing Write-N-Cite for Mac
Instructions on RefWorks website, here...
Using Write-N-Cite 4
Logging on to WNC4 you will need DCU Group Code and your RefWorks Username and Password.
WNC4 installation troubleshooting - RefWorks website
Have you installed Write-N-Cite 4 but it's not showing up in the toolbar. - make sure you have updated your operating system and your installation of MS Office with all updates and patches available. Also make sure your installation of Java is updated as well by visiting here – http://www.java.com
You can download the older version WNC3 from your RefWorks account, click on Tools and Previous windows version.
Guide to Write-N-Cite 3
DCU Guide & FAQs
DCU Library contact - Janice Hill - firstname.lastname@example.org.
RefWorks email - RS-RWinformation@refworks-cos.com.
Learn RefWorks in a class. During Semester 1 & 2 there are weekly classes available to all Students in Training Room 1 in Library.
View our Classes & Workshops Calendar for RefWorks classes
Using Refworks off campus for the first time
Before you use RefWorks off-campus, you must make a few changes to your web browser:
Access RefWorks off campus
- Go to the RefWorks page, click on "Log On to RefWorks". If you are off-campus it will take you to the DCU Library Databases - Off Campus Access page first. Enter your DCU computer username & password and click on Login.
- If you get an error message saying There is a problem with the website's security certificate - follow the instructions above for using RefWorks for the first time.
- Next, you will come to the RefWorks login page. Enter your RefWorks username and password and click on Login.
- FAQs for Write-N-Cite 4 (RefWorks website)
- Problem with title field when manually adding a New Reference
- Write-N-Cite won't start
- Problems formatting my paper with Write-N-Cite III
- I have lots of old references saved in a Word document. How can I transfer them to RefWorks?
- How can I get the RefWorks Group Code?
- Can I use RefWorks with LaTeX?
- ...more frequently asked questions from refworks.com
Problem with inserting text in title field. This only happens with Internet Explorer.
To address the problem you can change your brower or you need to employ what is known as “compatibility mode” in IE9. The easiest way to do this is to access the Tools menu in IE9, and then select the Compatibility View option so that a checkmark appears next to the entry on its left
Press Control-Alt-Delete on your keyboard. Depending on the Windows version you are using, you will either be taken to a menu where you can select Task Manager or you will be taken directly to the Task Manager. Once you have launched it, click on the Processes tab. Scroll through the list and look for something like WRITENCITE.EXE. Select this and then click on End Process in the bottom right corner. Click Yes when prompted to do so.
Next, add Write-N-Cite as a trusted application to your computer’s firewall and any security/anti-virus software on your computer. Click here for instruction on this. Now, try launching Write-N-Cite from your computer's Start menu, not from the button in MS Word.
Write-N-Cite III formatting relies on hidden code in the Word document. The code can be damaged from multiple editing sessions or using an older version of Write-N-Cite. To correct this:
- Make sure you have the latest version of Write-N-Cite installed (version III). When you open Write-n-Cite, "Write-N-Cite III" should be in the top left corner of the window. Instructions on how to install it here.
- Open your paper in Microsoft Word. Open Write-N-Cite III and log in.
- Click on Tools > Revert to WNC v.2 Document.
- Click on Revert.
- Save the document.
- Click on Tools > Convert to WNC III Document.
- Click on Convert
- Save the document.
- details of the problem
- your RefWorks username and password
- the problem Word document as an attachment.
Unfortunately there's no quick and easy way to do this.
If you have a document (or spreadsheet) with references, you can import them into RefWorks, however you must "tag" the references first. Tagging means separating them into pieces and putting a field identifier (aka tag) in front. We recommend you tag your references using the RefWorks Tagged Format. Handout (pdf) on how to tag references in Word, Excel or Access.
You shouldn't need it for accessing your RefWorks account.
You will need it when you are logging on to Write-N-Cite 4. Click here for the DCU Group Code. If you are off-campus you will be asked for your computer username and password (same one for logging on to Moodle/Portal Page).
Yes, you can use RefWorks to store all your references and export them into LaTeX when writing your paper. Further details here.