The BC Libraries have discontinued support for RefWorks. All current users of New RefWorks and Legacy RefWorks will need to move their references to another reference manager. Unfortunately, only references can be migrated. PDFs and any other attachments will not automatically transfer and will need to be reattached separately. We recommend migrating to Zotero.
If you're ready to switch to Zotero, the migration is a two step process.
You must first Download and install Zotero from zotero.org.
1. Open your new citation manager (in this case, Zotero) and go to File > Import. A dialogue box will come up and ask where you want to import from. Select A file (which should be the only option).
2. Select Next and you will be brought to your downloads folder. Select the correct document (it will be labeled export.bib) and click Open.
3. Follow the dialogue box and your imported citations will be placed in a new folder called “export.” From there, you can rename and manipulate your imported documents any way you like. Folder names do not carry over from RefWorks, so you’ll need to rename your folders once they are in Zotero.
For help with Zotero, see our BC Zotero guide.
Export/import of Refworks data into Zotero
Run Refworks bibliography on work in progress
Add the items in the bibliography to an All Cited Items folder in Zotero
Delete the Refworks bibliography of citations past
Use Zotero to create citations going forward
Run the Zotero bibliography of citations future
Add the Zotero items to the All Cited Items folder
Delete the (partial) Zotero bibliography
Create a bibliography from the All Cited Items folder
Solution: Follow the instructions for "Citations inserted using Microsoft Word's built-in citation feature"