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RefWorks at MIT: Migrating from RefWorks

Migrating citations from Refworks

MIT’s subscription to RefWorks will end as of December 31, 2014. 

If you’re an existing RefWorks user, you can still use RefWorks until December 2014.  If you want to transfer your references to another product we support, this guide will help you move your citations out of RefWorks and into another product.

Note: Moving citations from RefWorks is fairly simple, however, there's no easy, automated way to migrate notes and PDFs along with your citations.

Need help with the transition? Email us.

If you’re not an existing RefWorks user, you’re welcome to sign up and use RefWorks until December 2014, or choose another tool we support.

Follow steps for: 

Migrating from RefWorks to Zotero

1. Get your references from RefWorks:

  • Login to your RefWorks Account.
  • Click Export from the References dropdown menu.

         

  • Select All References (or select the references you'd like to migrate.
  • Select Bibliographic Software (Endnote, Reference Manager, ProCite).
  • Click Export References.

        

  • On the next page save your list of references as a text file (File, Save As, Filename.txt).

2. Move your references into Zotero:

  • Open Zotero and click the gear icon on the toolbar.
  • Select Import.

         

  • Select the text file you saved from RefWorks (in step 1) and click Open.
  • References will be saved to your Zotero Library.

Migrating from RefWorks to EndNote Basic (Web)

1. Get your references from RefWorks:

  • Login to your RefWorks Account.
  • Click Export from the References dropdown menu.

         

  • Select All References (or select the references you'd like to migrate.
  • Select Bibliographic Software (Endnote, Reference Manager, ProCite).
  • Click Export References.

        

  • On the next page save your list of references as a text file (File, Save As, Filename.txt).

2. Move your references into EndNote Basic (Web):

  • Login to your EndNote Basic Library.
  • Click the Collect Tab, then Import References

      

  • Click Choose File and select the text file you saved from Refworks above.
  • Choose Refman RIS as the file type.
  • Click Import.
  • Note: If you would like to specify a RefWorks group file as the destination for your records select the group in To: dropdown menu.

      

  • References are now in your EndNote Basic Library.

Migrating from RefWorks to EndNote Desktop (use if you purchased EndNote)

1. Get your references from RefWorks:

  • Login to your RefWorks Account.
  • Click Export from the References dropdown menu.

         

  • Select All References (or select the references you'd like to migrate.
  • Select Bibliographic Software (Endnote, Reference Manager, ProCite).
  • Click Export References.

        

  • On the next page save your list of references as a text file (File, Save As, Filename.txt).

2. Move your references into EndNote:

  • Open your EndNote Library and click File, then Import, then File.

         

  • Select the file you saved from RefWorks.
  • Choose Ref Manageer (RIS) as the file type.
  • Click Import.
  • References are now in your EndNote library.

Migrating from RefWorks to Mendeley

1. Get your references from RefWorks:

  • Login to your RefWorks Account.
  • Click Export from the References dropdown menu.

         

  • Select All References (or select the references you'd like to migrate.
  • Select Bibliographic Software (Endnote, Reference Manager, ProCite).
  • Click Export References.

        

  • On the next page save your list of references as a text file (File, Save As, Filename.txt).

2. Move your references into Mendeley:

  • Open Mendeley desktop.
  • Click File and Add Files.

  • Select the text file you saved from RefWorks.
  • Click Open

References are now in your Mendeley Library.