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VCU Libraries Ending RefWorks Subscription August 31, 2018

ALERT: VCU Libraries will no longer subscribe to RefWorks as of August 31, 2018

Allowing the subscription to expire was not an easy decision as RefWorks has many outstanding capabilities as a reference management tool. However, in the face of declining usage and the maturation of free or low cost tools providing the same or similar features there is little or no justification for continuing to pay the significant annual cost of the RefWorks subscription.

Time is passing rapidly, so if you have not started thinking about which tool or tools you may want to use, you need to do so NOW. You have until August to make the transition.

By the way, if you do not want to save the references in your current RefWorks account, you do not have to do anything.

Preparing Your References to Move to Another Citation Tool

Are you using folders?

You will export folder by folder, otherwise you will lose your organizational structure.

Do any of your references have attachments?

Attachments will not export with your references. Be sure you have the attached files stored somewhere.

Do you have formatted notes in the Personal Notes field or in one or more customized fields?

You can save the formatting by copying the note into a blank Word document. Copy the note from Word into the new citation tool.