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When should you upgrade to new RefWorks?

RefWorks allows you to manage all the references you have used in your assignments or research.

New RefWorks Users

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  • Create and organise a library of references that you can access via the web
  • Store and annotate the PDFs of articles
  • Import references from bibliographic databases and other information sources
  • Cite while you write using add-in Word/Google Docs features
  • Automatically create bibliographies
If you have never used RefWorks then see our Getting Started Online Tutorial

Existing RefWorks Users

Why should you upgrade to new RefWorks?

    New RefWorks has lots of extra features:
    • Store, view and annotate PDFs
    • Tag your references
    • Quick Cite function
    • Save to RefWorks browser button
    • Word 2016 citation toolbar (Add-In)
    • Google Docs citation toolbar (Add-In)

When should you upgrade to new RefWorks?

We had previously advised people to upgrade by September 2017 - this advice has now changed:

New RefWorks and legacy RefWorks will now both be available to use during the 2017/18 academic year to allow you to upgrade to new RefWorks at a time that suits you.
  • If you are currently working on your thesis and it will be submitted before the end of July 2018 then we recommend that you continue to use legacy RefWorks.
    • This is because new RefWorks will not work with citations and references already inserted into existing documents with legacy RefWorks.
  •  If you are near the start of your PhD/thesis/research
    • If you are currently reading and collecting references then we recommend you upgrade now:
      • As the new RefWorks has better PDF storage and annotation options.
      • Before you start inserting references using the Word toolbar.
  • If you are partway through writing your thesis/research and have already inserted a large amount of references using the Word toolbar
    • Be aware that new RefWorks will not work with citations and references already inserted into existing documents with legacy RefWorks.
    • This means that if you upgrade now you will need to re-insert the references using new RefWorks.
    • RefWorks are looking at whether they can solve this problem and we hope to hear something by the end of the year.
  • We will be working on to helping users upgrade to new RefWorks by the end of 2018, as legacy RefWorks may no longer be available after that date.

Still not sure when to upgrade? Email for advice and to arrange for training on new RefWorks.


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