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UMass Amherst Libraries

Citation Managers at UMass

RefWorks Cancellation Information

RefWorks Cancellation Information

RefWorks requires a subscription that is paid for by the University Libraries. Due to budget pressure, declining use, and increasing subscription cost, the Libraries have decided to cancel the subscription to RefWorks effective July 31, 2021. 

Considerations that went into this decision include:

  • Declining usage of RefWorks and continuing cost increases;
  • Availability of free alternative citation management tools such as Zotero and Mendeley available to students, faculty, and researchers.

The UMass Amherst Libraries are committed to supporting our community though this change and are providing assistance with migrating from RefWorks to another citation management tool. We will be offering workshops throughout the spring to help those using RefWorks to transition to a different citation manager, if they choose to do so.

Due to the short time we will retain access to RefWorks, at this point, we DO NOT recommend new users select RefWorks as their citation manager.

RefWorks Migration to Zotero

The handout below highlights some of the main differences between RefWorks and Zotero that are covered in the Moving from RefWorks to Zotero workshop. It also includes instructions for exporting your content from RefWorks and importing into Zotero. (NOTE: The steps for exporting from RefWorks can be used to create files to import into any other citation manager that you choose.)

Ellen is also working on a recording of the workshop.