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Citation Management Software: NOTICE!

RefWorks is going away but there are other options and we will help you transition from RefWorks to the best Citation Management System for you.

Transitioning from RefWorks

Pepperdine Libraries is discontinuing its RefWorks subscription, which will end on January 31, 2022. After carefully considering factors including usage and cost, as well as peer institutions' current practices, we have reached a decision to discontinue RefWorks. Many free citation managers exist that work as well as or better than RefWorks.

This cancellation means that Pepperdine students, faculty, staff, and alumni will no longer have access to RefWorks and any citations created in RefWorks at the end of January 2022.

You have three options:

1. Do nothing (At the end of January 2022 you will lose all references and sources you have collected in RefWorks).
2. Save your references and attachments only and do not migrate to a new software (choose "Create Bibliography in RefWorks" and download any attachments separately).
3. Migrate from RefWorks to a new Citation Management Software (export from RefWorks to .RIS file and import the .RIS to your software of choice).

Pepperdine Libraries has assembled a team of librarians to assist you in choosing a new citation manager and migrating your references from RefWorks to your new system of choice, the steps for which are detailed in this guide. Please contact us in the Libraries with any questions:

Maria Bramhe | Liaison - Education, Psychology
Jaimie Beth Colvin | Liaison - Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sociology, Theatre, Women's Studies
Lauren Haberstock | Director of the Genesis Lab Maker Space and Librarian for Emerging Technology and Digital Projects
Hector Lujan | Liaison - Business, Education, Marketing, Psychology
Erin McAllister | Liaison - Natural Science
Jeremy Whitt | Liaison - Religion, Philosophy

How to Export Your Citations from RefWorks

IMPORTANT: Don't lose your citations! Save or export any RefWorks references prior to the end of January 2022!

We've included the steps below to guide you through the process of exporting your citations from RefWorks. 

For instructions on how to migrate your citations to a new system, visit the tab on this guide for your respective Citation Manager.

Steps for RefWorks (New Version)

1. Sign in to RefWorks, click "Share" at the top of the screen

2. Select 'Export references'

3. Choose to export all references and export in BibTex (.bib) or RIS (.ris) format.

Note: A batch export will not preserve your folder structure. If you have folders you wish to keep, please export each folder individually.

4. Click 'Export' and save the file to download your references from RefWorks.

Import your saved file(s) of references into a new citation manager. 

Video moving citations RefWorks to Zotero


Special thanks to all of the helpful RefWorks migration guides that others have created, including guides and announcements from:

Alberta Health ServicesUniversity of Alberta; University of Denver; Claremont Colleges; Arizona State University