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Citing Sources


Migrating from RefWorks to Zotero

Links to online and print citation style guides and citation management tools.

Exporting from RefWorks

1. From your RefWorks account, click Share in the top menu bar.

refworks main page


2. Select Export References.

refworks menu export references


3. Choose to export all references in the document and export in BibTeX format.

  • Unfortunately, batch export does not preserve your folder structure, so if you want to preserve your folders from RefWorks, you will need to export and import one folder at a time.

4. Click Export and choose to save the file. Your exports will download and will be placed in your downloads folder or a location you choose.

Importing to Zotero

You must first Download and install Zotero from

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.