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Notice about RefWorks

UBC Student Microsoft Office 365 and RefWorks Plugin for Microsoft Word

If you are using UBC Student Microsoft Office 365, and want to use RefWorks from inside Microsoft Word, you use the RCM Plugin. The instructions for installing the RCM Plugin vary for desktop and online versions of Microsoft Word. To use the RCM Plugin, Mac users must use online Microsoft Word whereas PC users can choose either desktop or online Microsoft Word.

Install RCM Plugin for Word on the Desktop (PC only)

Install RCM Plugin for Word Online (PC or Mac)

Older versions of Microsoft Office and Write-N-Cite

If you have an earlier version of Microsoft Office (such as Microsoft Office 2016), you can still use Write-N-Cite to use RefWorks from inside Microsoft Word.

Public workstations with Write-N-Cite installed:

UBC Library's workstations have Write-N-Cite installed on MS Word. Visit:  This link also includes instructions for accessing the Remote Labs.

RefWorks Login

Legacy RefWorks Login

                                 RefWorks Login
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Legacy RefWorks Group Code

If you are unable to login to Legacy RefWorks, you can authenticate by using the Group Code. A valid CWL is required to access the group code. Once you have the group code, you can use the link above to login to RefWorks. 

Notice about RefWorks and Privacy: 

UBC RefWorks accounts and databases are stored on servers outside of Canada located in the United States.


Create an Account

Create a Legacy RefWorks Account
                Create a RefWorks Account
To create a Legacy RefWorks account, visit this website. You may use an email address from any domain.                 To create a RefWorks account in the newest version, visit with a email address. To use a email address for your account, follow these instructions (Valid CWL required)
Legacy RefWorks has certain unique features, allowing you to deduplicate (a useful function for systematic reviews) and also to create multiple accounts                 This version of RefWorks has additional features. You can read and annotate PDFs and retrieve citation data directly from uploaded PDFs. There is also a Google Docs plug-in for this version of Refworks.

Learn to Use RefWorks in 20 Minutes

Learn to use RefWorks in 20 minutes by watching YouTube video tutorials.

Legacy RefWorks                RefWorks


The UBC Library Research Commons offers workshops on getting started using RefWorks. It also has one-on-one consultations that you can book online. Book a consultation under Citation Management on this page.

RefWorks and Systematic Reviews

The Legacy version of RefWorks can be helpful when conducting a Systematic Review as it can handle large exports of results from databases and process duplicates.  For the screening process, Covidence, is now available.

For more information about Systematic and related reviews, consult with your subject librarian or see the Systematic Review guide