The University of Cape Town subscribes to RefWorks, a web-based reference management service used for storing and organising references. 

Log in to RefWorks

Never used RefWorks before?

If you have a university email address, you can register for an account on or off campus. This includes all UCT staff, students and alumni.  If you have a non-university email address you should first contact your subject librarian for an access code.  (Please add your student or staff email address to the request.) When on campus, you can sign up immediately. When you are off campus, you will be expected to enter the access code.

Why use the new ProQuest RefWorks?

Collect and Import

  • Save references, full-text, and other research materials
  • Import from online databases, catalogs, and other reference management tools
  • Save references and full-text from web pages

Manage your Research

  • Organise references with folders and tags
  • Quickly search and find your references and full-text document
  • Read and annotate full-text documents with highlights and comments from anywhere

Share and Collaborate

  • Make collaborative writing easier with RefWorks integrated into Google Docs

Write and Cite

  • Select customizable citation styles to use within authoring tools
  • Generate bibliographies and citations in a snap for any authoring tool
  • Use RefWork3 integrations to insert citations in Word and Google Docs

RefWorks Help

Refworks Legacy Links (Old version):

RefWorks3 Links (New version)