Reference Management Software

Why Use Reference Management Software?

Reference management software (RMS) helps you to keep track of your reading and references and makes it easier to find referencing information to cite material in your work.

RMS collects bibliographic information from other sources and stores it as part of a library shown in the software. You can then use the program to manage these references, including organizing them into folders and attaching/viewing PDFs, and assigning tags. These references can then be cited in written work, whether through a plugin that works directly from the reference management program to a text processing application or through a copy and pasting method. References and libraries can also be shared with others for collaborative working.

Our RefWorks subscription expires on October 1, 2021 (for both the Legacy and new platform).

You will have until October 1 to access your account and export your citations.

You have 3 options:

You will permanently lose access to all the references, sources, attachments, etc. you have collected.

If you're not sure you need new reference management software (RMS), at least keep a record of all your sources AND keep your options open.

There are three steps:

  1. Generate a bibliography of all your references and save as a Word, PDF, or Google doc. This is human-readable BUT cannot be imported into new software.
  2. Export and save an RIS file. This format can be imported into RMS but isn't human readable. If you want to keep sources in folders, export each folder separately as an RIS file.
  3. 3. Download your attachments. RIS format does not include attachments, so download any PDFs, html, jpg, png, xlsx, or other files separately if you want to keep them.

More detailed instructions:

Export from Proquest RefWorks (newest version)

Export from Legacy Refworks (older version)

There are three steps:

  1. Export references from RefWorks in RIS format (the universal file type for RMS). Note: this will NOT include attachments.

  2. Choose new reference management software (e.g., Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero) and install the software and/or create your account. 

  3. Import your references into the new RMS using the saved files.