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RefWorks Transition

RefWorks

Effective June 30, 2019, Wilson Library will no longer subscribe to RefWorks. After that date, students, faculty, and staff will not have access to RefWorks for storing and managing bibliographic citations.

After careful consideration of usage and cost, it was determined that the high cost of the subscription can no longer be justified when there are free or low cost citation management tools available that are as good or better than RefWorks. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause current RefWorks users.


Wilson Library provides support for the open-source tool Zotero.

Zotero is a free application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, insert citations into Word documents, and create bibliographies.

Library Help

  • We offer drop-in sessions and one-on-one assistance.
  • Check our Library calendar for up-to-date information on upcoming citation workshops and drop-in hours.
  • Make an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one help.

Exporting References from RefWorks

Your RefWorks account content must be backed up or migrated to another citation management system before June 30, 2019 to ensure you do not lose access to your references.


If you wish to preserve your folders, you will need to export each folder separately.

To Export from RefWorks:

  • View the RefWorks folder that you wish to export.
  • Use the Share button at the top navigation bar, and select "Export references" from the dropdown menu.
  • For import into Zotero, BibTeX and RIS Format work best.
  • Save file

If you do not have separate folders you can export all of your references in one file.

  • Make sure you are viewing "All Documents" to export everything.
  • Use the Share button at the top navigation bar, and select "Export references" from the dropdown menu.
  • For import into Zotero, BibTeX and RIS Format work best.
  • Save file.

Importing References to Zotero

Before you Start

  • Check if you have any references left in "Not in Folder" that you want to keep. Unless you assign them to a Folder, they won't be imported.

  • Make sure that it's intentional if you have duplicate records across multiple folders. If you are not preserving the folders structure, eliminate duplicate references. Under Tools, there is a Find Duplicates search.

Once you have exported your references from RefWorks as an RIS or BibTeX file, you can import them into Zotero directly.

  • Open Zotero
  • Select Import from File menu

  • Select RIS or BibTeX file from RefWorks

Learn more about Zotero.