Refworks Update

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Starting September 2013, RDC Library will no longer subscribe to Refworks.

If you currently use Refworks and wish to retain your existing references you will need to either export the information so it can be uploaded into a different bibliographic citation manager or continue with a paid individual subscription to Refworks. 

To export your Refworks records:

  1. Login to Refworks. You may be asked for the RDC group code if you are off-campus.  
  2. Click References and then select Export from the menu at the top of the screen.
  3. Select All References if you want to download all of your files at once or choose a specific folder from the panel on the right hand side of the screen if you would like to download one folder at a time to maintain your folder structure.  If you choose the All References option, your file structure will not be retained when you move your files into a new bibliographic tool.  Please note that custom attachments will not transfer.
  4. Choose the Bibliographic Software (EndNote, Reference Manager, or ProCite) option as the Export Format and click the Export References button.
  5. Once the references are displayed in a pop-up (you may need to temporarily enable pop-ups), copy and paste this information into a Notepad document.
  6. Click File – Save As – and name the file (ensure that it is saving as a .txt file) and choose where you would like to save the document on your computer.
  7. If you would prefer to send the file to yourself as an email, look for the green “Completed” box that appears in the bottom right hand corner of the screen after you click Export References.  You can choose the option to email the file to yourself from this box.  The attached file will be in the .txt format.
  8. The file is now ready to import into a different program.

If you would like to continue with an individual subscription to Refworks, then you will need to use the Backup & Restore feature that can be found in the Tools menu at the top of the Refworks screen.  More information on this process can be found in Refworks Help under “Backing up and restoring your references.”

The library will provide more information on possible alternative citation management software before fall term. 

 If you have any questions about this change or you know that you will not have access to your RDC email during the spring and summer and you would like to be kept informed about changes to Refworks, please email librarian@rdc.ab.ca and let us know!

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