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Citation Management: RefWorks Cancellation

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RefWorks Cancellation

MSK Library’s subscription to the RefWorks citation management tool will expire 12/31/2021, and will not be renewed.  

In 2020, MSK Library faced some particularly difficult budget decisions due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because the MSK Library also supports the citation management tool EndNote, coupled with increasing RefWorks subscription costs and decreasing numbers of RefWorks users, the decision was made that we could no longer support the two separate citation management tools.  

Please review the questions/answers and instructions below for additional information: 

When will RefWorks go away? 

The cancellation is effective 12/31/2021. You will no longer be able to access your RefWorks account after this date.  

What will happen to all the references and folders I have in my RefWorks account? 

To move your RefWorks library to another tool, you will first need to export all your references as a .ris or .txt file, and then import them to the new citation management tool following our step-by-step instructions below. We recommend users export their RefWorks references as soon as possible. 

Please note that you CANNOT export attachments (like PDFs), so you will want to make sure that you have them saved in another location. 

If you want to keep all your folders, you will need to export one folder at a time. 

How can I get help with transitioning my RefWorks references and folders to another citation manager? 

We know that changing citation software, particularly if you are in the middle of a big research project, can be challenging and we are here to help! If you have questions about transferring your RefWorks library, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email. You can set up a one-on-one appointment with a Research Informationist via Zoom to help guide you through the process. 

Exporting References from RefWorks
Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to EndNote
Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to Zotero
Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to Mendeley
Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to SciWheel