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We are discontinuing RefWorks

After careful consideration, The UAlberta Library has decided to discontinue the campus-wide institutional subscription to the RefWorks reference management service.

Our RefWorks subscription expires on October 1, 2021. You will need to back up your account data or transition to other reference management software before October 1st.

We have created the    RefWorks Transition Guide  to walk you through how to move your references out of RefWorks and into other reference management software.

Managing References with Folders

Managing your references with folders is easy in ProQuest Refworks. This video will show you how to:

  • Create new folders and subfolders
  • Organize your references into folders
  • Share your folders with other people

Prefer written instructions? Click on the document(s) below:

Delete References

To delete a reference from your ProQuest Refworks account, select the reference using the check box and click on the trash can icon at the top of the reference list. Choose Delete from the drop down menu. 

Organizing References with Projects

ProQuest Refworks now allows you to organize your references using Projects, which is particularly helpful for those conducting multiple research projects. This video will show you how to:

  • Create new Projects
  • Organize your references into Projects


Removing Duplicate References

Select Tools from the top menu and choose Find Duplicates

The Find Duplicate References window will appear.

You can select to search for duplicate references in the folder you are currently viewing or search for duplicate references across all of your references. Next, select one of the following criterias for matching from the drop-down menu: Exact Match, Close Match, or "Legacy" Close Match. More information about each criteria will display once you have selected. Once you're finished, click Find Duplicates

If any duplicates are found, they will be highlighted and pre-selected to make them easy to delete.


  • Removing duplicates is available for shared projects, but not shared folders.
  • RefWorks can compare and find duplicates for up to 2,000 references.

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