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Login New RefWorks
(Alumni click here)

Login Legacy (Old) RefWorks

*New users need to create a personal account to get started - See the options under How do I create an account?

What is RefWorks?
  • RefWorks is NCU Library's preferred citation management tool.
  • Free for NCU students, faculty, staff and alumni
  • Helps you organize your research
  • Helps you create APA reference lists
  • Allows you to import citations directly and indirectly from Library databases and research websites, like Google Scholar, PubMed and WorldCat
  • Enables you to share citations and lists
How do I create an account? 

  1. Go to 
  2. Click “Create account.” You must use your NCU Email address to sign up for a new RefWorks account using the new version.
  3. Your NCU email address becomes your login name.
  4. An activation email will be sent and you will need to validate your account to continue.
  5. Once you click on the link in the activation email, you will be directed back to RefWorks to enter your name, role, and department affiliation.
  6. You’ll also be asked if you’d like to install the “Save to RefWorks” browser bookmarklet (a great way to capture data from web pages!) and if you’d like to install one of our paper writing helpers (Write-N-Cite for Word or RefWorks Add-on for Google Docs).

NOTE: IF YOU ARE A CURRENT REFWORKS USER, see the Migration section below for steps to move your Legacy account to the new platform.

More account considerations:
1. The Write-in-Cite feature of Legacy RefWorks is not compatible with the new RefWorks, therefore, if you plan to start a long-term MS Word document now, then choose NEW RefWorks.
2. For detailed comparisons, see the Upgrade from Legacy RefWorks to the New RefWorks – User Guide

New RefWorks Migration

RefWorks Tutorials

RefWorks Workshop (Legacy version)  -  attend a live session or view the recorded version.
Download the RefWorks Workshop (Legacy Version) Outline here.

Introduction to the NEW RefWorks  -  attend a live session or view the recorded version.  
Download the Introduction to the New RefWorks Workshop Outline here.

Quick tutorials - ProQuest RefWorks YouTube Channel

NCU Library RefWorks FAQs

Using Write-N-Cite with Microsoft Word

RefWorks Support

For Legacy RefWorks - Visit the RefWorks User Support

For New RefWorks – Visit ProQuest RefWorks Support Resources

You may also contact RefWorks Technical Support at or by phone at 1.775.327.4105. Support hours are Monday-Friday ­ 6:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.

RefWorks Password

If you have created an account and are unable to access using your login and password, click ‘Forgot your password?’ to reset it. If you are still unable to reset your password, contact the Library for assistance.

Alumni RefWorks Access

NCU Alumni have access to their RefWorks account upon graduation. You may continue to access by logging into your NCU Alumni Portal and clicking the Alumni Library Databases link. To access Legacy RefWorks, click here. You may also use the New RefWorks platform and create an account using your NCU email address.