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Citation Management Tools: RefWorks


The University Libraries' subscription to RefWorks will end on December 31, 2020. 

After that date, RefWorks users will 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.


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.


In a world of e-research, there are more data sources available than ever, which means researchers need highly efficient ways to manage vast amounts of information easily. RefWorks is a powerful online research management, writing and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

RefWorks Help

If for some reason you are ever asked for a group code: RWTexasSU


RefWorks YouTube Channel

This recorded workshop from July, 2019 provides a more in-depth review of RefWorks here at Texas State:

RefWorks Guide

Come to the Refworks workshop to learn how to do the following: 

  • Set-up your account
  • Get information into Refworks
  • Organize, manage, and share your references
  • Create in-text citations and bibliographies in various citation styles 
  • Additional topics may be covered depending on attendee Refworks experience, needs, and time.