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Citation Management

RefWorks Access Ends December 31, 2019

Memorial University Library’s subscription to RefWorks will end on December 31, 2019 and will not be renewed. Anyone with a RefWorks account will need to export their references before that date if they wish to keep them.

Presentations on RefWorks Alternatives

Interested in knowing more about other citation managers? Join us for a presentation on RefWorks alternatives on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 29, 12:00-1:15 p.m. (QEII Library L-2028 - Computer Classroom)
  • Thursday, November 14, 12:00-1:15 p.m. (Health Sciences Library Computer Classroom A)
  • Friday, November 22, 1:00-2:15 p.m. (QEII Library L-2028 - Computer Classroom)

We will provide a brief overview of Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote Basic Online. (This will be the same presentation each time, so choose the date and location that works best for you.)

Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

RefWorks Transition FAQ

When is RefWorks access ending?
RefWorks access will end on December 31, 2019. Anyone with a RefWorks account will need to export their citations before that date if they wish to keep them.


Why is RefWorks access ending?
We have chosen not to renew our RefWorks subscription for several reasons. RefWorks has a significant subscription cost, but there are now multiple free or low-cost citation managers available that function as well as RefWorks in most cases. In addition, a new version of RefWorks is now available ("New RefWorks"), but there is currently no way to automatically move all Memorial users to the new version; all of our users would have to manually migrate their accounts and learn a new interface.


I am a RefWorks user. What software should I use instead?
Memorial University Libraries does not recommend one particular citation management software, but we provide support for three options: Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote. This comparison chart may help you decide which program best fits your needs.


Can I choose to stay with RefWorks?
No. Individual RefWorks subscriptions are not available at this time.


Can I keep my citations after Memorial's RefWorks access ends?
You can keep your citations by exporting them to another citation management software before December 31, 2019, but you will not be able to access your RefWorks account or the citations in it after that date.


Will Memorial alumni also lose access to RefWorks?
Yes. If you wish to keep your citations after December 2019, you will need to migrate them to another citation management option.


How do I move my references out of RefWorks to another citation manager?
We have provided step-by-step instructions. For assistance, please contact us.