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ProQuest RefWorks (New!)

Take Your Time

We do not recommend migrating to the new ProQuest RefWorks if you are working on a deadline for a paper, grant, dissertation or thesis. The best time to migrate is after a project is completed, or when you have ample time to make the migration and learn the new tool before your next project is due.

IMPORTANT for Write-n-Cite Users:

Papers started in Legacy RefWorks will not be compatible with new ProQuest RefWorks, so we recommend you keep both RefWorks accounts until you complete your work.
Either account can be logged into from the Write-n-Cite toolbar. The Legacy RefWorks account uses a username/password combination. Proquest RefWorks uses a email as its login name plus the password you chose. If you are having difficulty logging into the appropriate account from Write-n-Cite please contact

Migrating Your Account from RefWorks (Legacy)

  1.  From within RefWorks (Legacy), use the link "Move to the newest version of RefWorks from ProQuest." to migrate your account and create a new ProQuest RefWorks account

image showing the location of the migration link

  1. You will be presented with a screen to create your new ProQuest RefWorks Account
    1. Enter the email address use to create your existing RefWorks (Legacy) account.
      Please note this is the email address; not the login name.
    2. You may choose to keep the same password or create a new one

image showing the login page to migrate your account to ProQuest RefWorks

  1. You will be prompted for your profile information and offered a brief optional tutorial
    image showing RefWorks profile form
  1. Your information will be migrated. Depending on the size of your account this may take some time. Your folders will also be migrated but may a take a couple of minutes longer than your references to appear.
    1. A note about attachments: If you had any attachments they too will be migrated. The migration process links a reference with only one file, so if you had multiple files the reference will be duplicated for each file.
      image showing a successful migration
  1. Be sure to install the new Save to RefWorks browser bookmarklet to capture reference data (and sometimes even full-text) from web pages. To install, simply click on your name in the upper right-hand corner, click “Tools”, then “Install Save to RefWorks” and drag the new Save to RefWorks bookmarklet onto your browser’s favorite’s bar.
    1. Note: If you used the RefGrab-It bookmarklet with RefWorks (Legacy) please delete it from your browser's toolbar.
  1. Shared Folders: Shared folders will need to be re-shared from within your new RefWorks account. The new version of RefWorks allows you to assign unique user permissions to each person you share with, including the ability to edit
    references. Public sharing via unique URL is not yet available in the new RefWorks.

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