Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free citation manager that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, and it connects with your web browser to download sources.
Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.
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The JFK Library has decided to discontinue our RefWorks subscription effective December 31, 2022. As such, all current users will need to move their references to one of other freely available citation manager tools. Unfortunately, only references can be migrated. PDFs and any other attachments will not automatically transfer and will need to be reattached separately. Library recommends switching to Zotero, a free and open source reference manager.
If you're ready to switch to Zotero, the migration is a two step process:
(1) Export your references from RefWorks.
(2) Import your references into Zotero.
Note: If you use Refworks folders to organize your citations and want to transfer the folders, please remember that you only can migrate each folder separately. We suggest only migrating one folder at a time, rather than migrating all your citations at once.
Exporting from Legacy RefWorks? Follow the export directions for Legacy RefWorks.(from MGH Library)
Or, you could watch the video tutorial (1.35 minute) from the University of Rhode Island University Libraries.
Exporting References from New RefWorks (one folder at a time)?
If you want to maintain the same folder structure in your Zotera, you should export your citations from RefWorks one folder at a time. It's recommended that you save each export file created below with the name of the folder, so each is easily identifiable when importing to your new Zotera.
Steps to follow:
Importing Citations/References into Zotero
Now that you've exported your citations out of Refworks, it's time to import them into Zotero.
Steps to follow:
Your references are now imported into Zotero.