RefWorks, the campus-wide reference management application supported by the library, is moving to a new platform. Starting in July 2016, new users can sign up for an account in New RefWorks by accessing the link on Databases A-Z or our “How to Write a Reference” page. When signing up for an account, you will be asked to supply your USciences email address and create a password. This password will be unique to RefWorks and, along with your email address, will be used to login to RefWorks both on- and off-campus.
Users who already have an account in RefWorks may continue to login and use the legacy RefWorks platform as before. This platform will be discontinued near the end of 2017 but will remain in operation until that time. Users with existing accounts can migrate their account information (settings, folders, references, etc.) to the New RefWorks platform at any time. Just click the "Move to the newest version of RefWorks from ProQuest" link that is visible when logged into legacy RefWorks. However, it is not advisable to migrate to the new platform while you are actively engaged in a writing project and using RefWorks to manage your citations. Any document that is begun using legacy RefWorks must be finished using legacy RefWorks, so it is best not to migrate until you’re finished with the document.
The New RefWorks provides a much-improved interface and new features not available in the previous version. Folders are now easier to manage, and references can be seamlessly dragged and dropped between folders. You can also create new references by dragging a PDF or other document directly into RefWorks and letting it extract the bibliographic data. Once the document is uploaded to RefWorks, you are able to read, annotate, and share that document with others. New RefWorks also has improved tools to help you work with citations. A “Save to RefWorks” bookmarklet can be added to the Favorites bar in your web browser and allows you to import references directly from the Web at the click of a button. Write n’ Cite carries over from legacy RefWorks, and there is a new RefWorks Citation Manager for Word 2016 that will work in both Windows and MacOS. Finally, a browser add-on is available that lets you use RefWorks in Google Docs.
To learn more about New RefWorks and its features, check out this LibGuide from ProQuest. There is also a help sheet that discusses the migration process from legacy RefWorks to New RefWorks. If you should have any questions about the new platform or the migration process, please contact the library for assistance. You can use Ask a Librarian or call the Reference Desk at 215-596-8967. We hope you enjoy using this new reference management platform for your research and writing projects.