RefWorks is web-based software for collating references and creating bibliographies. Using RefWorks can help you manage your references more effectively, keep accurate records, and save you time when producing a bibliography for a dissertation, thesis or paper. If you're writing a journal article, RefWorks gives you the flexibility to quickly change the bibliography's referencing style if required, for example, to meet a particular journal's submission criteria. 

With RefWorks, you can collect references from catalogues and many of the Library’s databases, and organise them using personal folders and sub-folders. Then when you are writing up, you can easily insert citations in the text and generate a bibliography in the appropriate referencing style.

Registering to use RefWorks

First time users must register to use RefWorks. You should also login to the e-library with your Brunel network username and password before registering and again before every RefWorks session.

  • Go to Connect to RefWorks: e-Library users.
  • In the RefWorks login center, sign up for an individual account.
  • Complete the form. For security reasons, you should avoid using your Brunel username and password as your RefWorks login name and password. You can enter either your Brunel e-mail address or your personal e-mail address.
  • Enter the Captcha security code (as one continuous string).
  • Click Register. You should receive an e-mail confirming that your new account is ready to use. Keep this email safe, as it contains your group code which you will need if you are off campus when you sign in. You will also need it if you are a Brunel alumni member (see If you leave Brunel, below).

Logging in to your RefWorks account

Once you have registered, you can access RefWorks on and off campus. You should login to the e-library with your Brunel network username and password before every RefWorks session.

Training sessions

The Library runs regular training events on RefWorks and related topics for the Graduate School, and Subject Liaison Librarians may also deliver training within Schools by arrangement. If you are a member of staff who would like to arrange bespoke training for researchers or within a programme, please get in touch with your Subject Liaison Librarian.

For bookable events, full details of dates, times and locations are available in the Graduate School’s Skills Training and Development programme. If you find a session you would like to attend, book it online. 

If you leave Brunel

When you leave Brunel University, the RefWorks Alumni Programme allows you to continue using RefWorks free of charge, as long as the University has a current subscription. 

If you've forgotten your RefWorks login name and password, please contact the Electronic Resources Librarian, who should be able to help you.

For more information, please see: RefWorks lifelong access and RefWorks alumni program FAQ.

Page last updated: Tuesday 17 February 2015