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RefWorks to Zotero Migration Guide

This guide has been created in order to facilitate the migration of libraries from both "legacy" RefWorks and "new" RefWorks to Zotero.


Welcome to the Mount Holyoke College Guide for the RefWorks to Zotero Migration.  Here you will find information on how to migrate your RefWorks account to Zotero, as well as FAQs and Best Practices, about using Zotero.  As of December 2020 Mount Holyoke will no longer subscribe to RefWorks. LITS recommends using Zotero moving forward - Those who are currently using Refworks will have until December 2020 to migrate their citations and PDFs out of RefWorks. This guide will guide you through the process migrating your RefWorks library and orient you to using Zotero.  

About Zotero

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is an application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, connects with your web browser to download sources, and best of all it's free.

Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies. Additionally, Zotero allows you to work collaboratively through group libraries. 

Migrating from RefWorks Help Sessions

  • As announced in May, LITS will stop subscribing to and supporting RefWorks at the end of fall semester, but will continue supporting Zotero. In order to help RefWorks users migrate their data to Zotero, this fall Research Services will be hosting a series of drop-in sessions via Zoom (all sessions Eastern Time): 

10/13/2020 Tuesday 10-11am

10/14/2020 Wednesday 11am-12pm

10/15/2020 Thursday 4-5pm

11/9/2020 Monday 4-5pm

11/10/2020 Tuesday 4-5pm

11/11/2020 Wednesday 9-10am

11/12/2020 Thursday 11am-12pm

12/14/2020 Monday 9-10am

12/15/2020 Tuesday 4-5pm

12/16/2020 Wednesday 9-10am

12/17/2020 Thursday 4-5pm CANCELLED (MHC closed due to inclement weather)

If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, Research Services can schedule a time to meet with you at your convenience (  



Creative Commons License Content on this guide was originally created by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library as well as Michael Barbera and licensed by The University of Texas Arlington under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical 3.0 United States License.  It has been adapted and added to for the Zotero Research Guide at Mount Holyoke College.

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