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About the Refworks to Zotero change

Citation Management Tools: Mount Holyoke supported tool shifting from Refworks to Zotero by January 1, 2021

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted higher education in many ways. Within LITS, in order to continue being good stewards of Mt. Holyoke’s resources, we have examined usage patterns and costs for some of the tools that we support. RefWorks is a citation management tool that has been used less over the years while costs continue to increase. Meanwhile, there are other free or low-cost alternatives to RefWorks. After careful consideration, LITS will stop subscribing to and supporting RefWorks as of December 17, 2020, the end of fall semester and will shift to supporting Zotero as our recommended citation management tool.

During the fall, the LITS’ Research Services Team will be providing guidance and support to help you migrate from RefWorks. Please look for further information starting in August. If you have a large number of citations within RefWorks or a complex organizational system (e.g., many shared folders, many attached PDFs), Research Services ( can work with you this summer to migrate your citations and attached files to another tool. If you have any questions or need support, please contact Research Services.
The resources on this page include helpful links, handouts, and frequently asked questions. To access the full version of Mount Holyoke College's Migration Guide: Refworks to Zotero click HERE.

Important links to help you with the RefWorks to Zotero migration process






  • To look at tips, tricks and troubleshooting information for Zotero click HERE








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