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Choose new citation management tool spring semester; RefWorks is retiring

December 15, 2017

Patrons using RefWorks to save and manage reference citations must choose a new platform in the spring semester.

VCU Libraries is retiring RefWorks on Aug. 31, 2018. When VCU Libraries introduced RefWorks in 2005, it stood out from other citation managers because it was web-based with user accounts stored in what would later be called “the cloud.” Now, other equally good and free or less expensive platforms are available for researchers. VCU Libraries now refers patrons to Mendeley, Zotero or EndNote.  

Some users, most faculty, are already making the change. RefWorks users with large accounts (number of references and storage space used) who accessed their accounts in 2016, received notification to prepare for the change via email from the libraries in August 2017.  

While there is no reason for current RefWorks users to hurry to embrace a new tool immediately, they should begin thinking about which tool or tools they may want to adopt as a replacement.

The Citation Tools guide provides information about Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote to assist users in choosing an alternative tool. Included on the guide is a Citation Management Tools Webinar that demonstrates Zotero and Mendeley.

The RefWorks guide provides detailed instructions for exporting references from RefWorks into Mendeley, Zotero or EndNote.

Librarians are also available to assist patrons in making the transition to a new platform. Contact information for library assistance is on both online guides.

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