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Citation Management Tools: Home


The University Libraries' subscription to RefWorks ended December 31, 2020. 

After that date, RefWorks users have limited access to their libraries in order to migrate their data to another citation management tool. See the FAQs below for more information on how the libraries will support this transition.


Use this guide to organize your research and citations by using any of the tools discussed here. Some of the tools are free and some like RefWorks and EndNote are available to you as a Texas State student, faculty or staff. You might also consider creating a presence on one of the social media sites like or Mendeley.

What is a Citation Manager?

Consider using a citation manager instead of typing bibliographies and in-line citations by hand.  It will save you time.

There are many citation managers out there--examples include Refworks, Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero, and others.  Some are free, and some require a subscription or charge for extra storage.

As a member of the campus community, you automatically have access to Refworks and EndNote that allow you to:

  • export citation information from databases
  • import information from other sources
  • organize and generate works cited pages and bibliographies in a variety of styles.

Upcoming EndNote Workshops


Listed below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions about ending the libraries' subscription to RefWorks. If you have any other questions, please use the email form on the Ask a Librarian page or email

Will I lose my references?

RefWorks users will not lose their data after the RefWorks subscription ends. However, in order to fully access, use, and edit references in the future, users must export their data from RefWorks before January 31, 2021 and import it into a different citation management tool.

When does the libraries' RefWorks subscription end?

The libraries' subscription ends on December 31, 2020. Users will have full access to the site until that time. After the subscription ends, users will have limited access to their RefWorks account in order to export their data. 

Can I pay for an individual subscription to RefWorks?

RefWorks subscriptions can only be purchased at the institutional level, so it is not possible for an individual to subscribe to RefWorks. There is no free version of the software.

How can I get help with transferring my RefWorks library to another citation manager?

This video shows the basic process for exporting your RefWorks library and moving to EndNote. For more information and troubleshooting tips, visit the libraries' EndNote Canvas modules.

How can I learn how to use EndNote?

Enroll in the libraries' EndNote Canvas course! These self-paced modules will show you how to transition from RefWorks to EndNote as well as how to use the basic and advanced functions of EndNote Desktop or Web. If you have additional questions after completing the modules, attend an online EndNote Office Hours session.