What is new RefWorks?

ProQuest has launched a new and improved version of RefWorks that makes it easier than ever to manage and organize your research. The new RefWorks is the next generation of reference management software empowering both researchers and librarians to do more. The new RefWorks combines powerful citation management functionality including database import, web capture tools and thousands of flexible citation styles, plus a refined user experience, full-text management, collaboration and other features you’d expect from a total reference

I'm new to RefWorks. Which version should I choose?

New RefWorks is the best choice for you! RefWorks has all the functionality of the legacy product, plus several new advancements. UNF support is already shifting to the new version.

Can I have accounts in both versions?

Legacy RefWorks and new RefWorks can be used in tandem. You can experiment with the new version while your account in the legacy version is unaffected. However, the two versions do not sync together. You must transfer citations using the import/export command to move any content from one version to the other.


RefWorks has a wonderful series of YouTube videos that serve as a tutorial to the resource. 

What is the difference between the Legacy & New RefWorks?

The biggest difference users will notice is that the new RefWorks has an entirely new look and feel, although most of the functionality remains the same. Ability to drag and drop PDFs and populate citation field from the web, as well as enhanced sharing features have been added. Eventually, users will be able to highlight and annotate PDFs.

One change that will affect users who have multiple accounts is that in the New RefWorks, users will only have one account tied to their institutional email address.

I already have a Legacy account. Should I transition to the new version?

New RefWorks is available now; the legacy version is still available and will be until September 2017. You must consider a number of factors before deciding to transition from Legacy RefWorks to the New RefWorks.

  1. If you are currently using the Legacy version and plan to finish your project before fall 2017, consider sticking with Legacy RefWorks.
  2. If you are starting a project that will continue into 2017, consider using the New RefWorks

You may have accounts in both the new and the legacy version of RefWorks   The accounts are separate from each other. You may want to consider experimenting with the new RefWorks for a new project, while relying on the legacy version for current projects. 

Although it has been released, New RefWorks is still in Beta. That means not all features and functions, such as attaching non-PDF images to citations, have  been released. Proquest is releasing new features each month.