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RefWorks: How to Use RefWorks

An overview of ProQuest RefWorks

Create a ProQuest RefWorks Account

Full-text directions of how to create a ProQuest RefWorks account below. Screenshots with full-text directions attached as pdfs and docxes below. Some short video guides to come. 

  1. Go to the University Libraries’ ProQuest RefWorks Page and select “Access New RefWorks.”
     
  2. Select “create account.”
     
  3. Enter your University of Alabama email address (either @crimson.ua.edu or @ua.edu) create a password.
     
  4. Click on the activation link in the confirmation email to complete your account activation.
     
  5. Use ProQuest RefWorks to store your research resources.
 

Using ProQuest Refworks

Once you've successfully created a ProQuest RefWorks account, you'll be able to use it. The easiest way to start using ProQuest RefWorks is to import some resources, using the "export to RefWorks" feature found in various databases to which the University Libraries subscribe. Details for that process can be found on the "Export to RefWorks" tab on this Library Research Guide.  

If you are using ProQuest RefWorks Write-N-Cite with Microsoft Word, please remember to sync your databases whenever you make changes to your ProQuest RefWorks library, such as importing new resources, or adding resources to folders. 

Full-text directions of how to use ProQuest RefWorks below. Screenshots with full-text directions attached as pdfs and docxes below. Some short video guides to come. 

How to Add Resources to Folders in ProQuest RefWorks from Your RefWorks Library

  1. Import resources into ProQuest RefWorks (please see the "Export to RefWorks" tab on this Library Research Guide for more information). 
  2. Select resource(s) you wish to add to a folder by clicking on the box to the left of the resource(s). 
     
  3. Click on the Folder icon in the taskbar.

    Note: you have to have at least one item selected for the folder icon to be clickable.
     
  4. If you have already created the folder you would like to add your resources to, select it.
     
  5. If you have not already created the folder you would like to add your resources to, click on the “+ Create” button to create a new folder.
     
  6. Give the folder a name and click “Create folder.”
     
  7. The selected resource(s) will be automatically added to the created folder

    Note: items can be added to more than one folder.
 

How to Add Resources to Folders in ProQuest RefWorks from “My Folders”

  1. Click on “My Folders” in the left-hand column.
     
  2. Select “not in folder” and all of the resources that have not been already added to a folder will appear in this screen.
     
  3. Select resource(s) you wish to add to a folder by clicking on the box to the left of the resource(s). 
     
  4. Click on the Folder icon in the taskbar.

    Note: you have to have at least one item selected for the folder icon to be clickable.
     
  5. If you have already created the folder you would like to add your resources to, select it.
     
  6. If you have not already created the folder you would like to add your resources to, click on the “+ Create” button to create a new folder.
     
  7. Give the folder a name and click “Create folder.”
     
  8. The selected resource(s) will be automatically added to the created folder, and removed from “not in folder.”
 

How to create folders in ProQuest RefWorks from “My Folders.”

  1. Click on “My Folders” in the left-hand column.
     
  2. Click “+ add a folder” to create a folder.
     
  3. Give the folder a name and click “Save.”
     
  4. You are now ready to add resources to your newly created folder.