New RefWorks


The Dal Libraries has signed a final contract with RefWorks.

Our final year under the contract will come to an end on April 20, 2020. There are a number of useful and free alternatives available, including Mendeley and Zotero. Find more information about these options on the Citation Management subject guide.  

Dwindling usage of RefWorks is one of the main factors driving this decision. We will provide assistance to RefWorks users who want to move their content from RefWorks to the service of their choice.

For more information about migrating content from RefWorks, please contact


RefWorks is changing!

RefWorks is launching "New RefWorks," which will (eventually) replace the current version, now known as "Legacy RefWorks." New RefWorks will keep the functionality of Legacy RefWorks, while adding some very useful new features.

These include:

  • The ability to drag-and-drop PDFs directly into New RefWorks. The PDF will be stored in your account, and New RefWorks will use information embedded in the PDF to create a RefWorks entry for use in bibliographies.
  • "Find and complete reference using the title"-- if the PDF doesn't have enough embedded information to create a reference, or if you need to create a reference by hand, you can use this feature. RefWorks will offer suggestions and, if one is correct, you can choose it to complete the information needed.
  • The ability to read, highlight and annotate PDFs within RefWorks.

Can I sign up now?

Yes. Go to the New RefWorks site at ProQuest. Enter your Dalhousie email, then follow the instructions to create an account.

Can I import the contents of my Legacy RefWorks account into my New RefWorks account?

Yes. There’s an option for this under Import in New RefWorks. Click on the Import symbol (a stylized + sign), then choose “Import references.” One of the options is to sign into a RefWorks account and import that account. This includes folders, custom output styles, and any PDFs you have attached to references in your account.

When I update my New RefWorks account, do the updates also happen in my Legacy RefWorks account? (Or vice versa?)

No, the two accounts are completely separate and must be maintained separately.

If I am working on a paper using Legacy RefWorks, can I also work on it using my New RefWorks account? (Or vice versa?)

No. If you start working on a paper using one version of RefWorks, you must keep using that same version to complete the paper.

How much longer will Legacy RefWorks be available to use?

Legacy RefWorks will be available until early 2018, after which it will be retired.

Where can I learn more?

You can visit ProQuest's New RefWorks LibGuide or the New RefWorks YouTube Channel. Or contact the library!