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How do I... switch from RefWorks to Zotero?


  • Get Started
  • Exporting from RefWorks
  • Using Zotero
  • Help


What is happening to RefWorks?

After careful consideration, the Libraries have decided to cancel our subscription to RefWorks. All users will need to move their citations to an alternative software by May 2015.

Do I have to use Zotero?

There are several options for citation managers. Zotero is free and shares many of the functions of RefWorks. Other options include Mendeley and Pages.

Where do I start?

Start by downloading Zotero and creating a user account here: https://www.zotero.org/.


Updated 11/25/14 JEK

RefWorks can not export your folder structure. If your citations are organized in folder, export your folders one at a time. (It's much faster than it sounds.)


There is an excellent video here on how to export your citations from RefWorks to Zotero:



 RefWorks cannot export your attachments. If you have files attached to your citations, you will need to download them and reattach them in Zotero.


Zotero offers excellent documentation.


Get started at their Quick Start Guide.

Get information specifically about importing references here.

If you need additional information about switching from RefWorks to Zotero, we are happy to set up a one-on-one consultation.


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