RefWorks transition

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Citation Management Tools library guide

Due to low usage and new technology platforms, ASU Library will be ending its subscription to RefWorks, effective June 30, 2019.

The decision to transition away from RefWorks in favor of other citation managers is in line with our peer institutions and Arizona State University’s commitment to innovation and service excellence.

Next steps

1. Choose a citation manager

Use the Citation Management Tools library guide to compare the three citation managers that ASU Library supports: EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero.

While certain academic fields may prefer one platform over another, all three citation managers are endorsed by ASU Library as effective, low-cost (or free) tools that offer a variety of benefits to their users.

2. Transfer your citations

Follow step-by-step directions to easily migrate your citations from RefWorks to another citation manager.

Need help?

ASU Library is offering drop-in sessions to provide in-person support for the migration of your RefWorks citation data to a new citation manager (Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote). Bring your laptop and library staff will help you set up a new account, add your RefWorks data, and get comfortable adding new files and citations. Participants without laptops are also welcome to attend, but they will not have hands-on experience in the sessions.

Downtown Campus: Thursday, Nov. 8 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and Thursday, Dec. 13 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in UCENT L1-82 at Downtown Library

Tempe Campus: Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Noble Instruction Room at Noble Library

West Campus: Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Fletcher 101 at Fletcher Library

Polytechnic Campus: Thursday, Oct. 18 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in CNTR 20 at Polytechnic Library

We know that this is a busy time and that changing citation management tools can seem daunting, especially if you are in the middle of an extended project.

If you would like assistance in selecting, getting started with and/or transferring your data from RefWorks to another tool, please contact us through Ask a Librarian.

What you need to know

About transitioning from RefWorks

About transferring citations, fields, folders and PDFs

About citation management options