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Q. What is the new Refworks?

When I go to export my references from a database, I am getting a choice of which RefWorks to use--legacy RefWorks, or new RefWorks. Which should I use?

Answered By: Norma Johnson
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2016     Views: 33

RefWorks has released a new version which became available in January 2016.  It is still considered in beta version and new features are being added. We recommend you continue to use your legacy RefWorks account for now; however, the new version is available for use if you want to try it out.

If you do decide to try out the new RefWorks, here are a few VERY IMPORTANT THINGS  to remember:

  • You can keep your legacy RefWorks account along with an account in the new RefWorks as you try it out
  • If you start a MS Word document using the legacy RefWorks and Write-n-Cite, you won't be able to finish it in the new version.  So make sure to finish all documents before you commit to the new version.
  • If you transfer your records from the legacy RefWorks into the new RefWorks, this cannot be reversed.  So be certain you want to do this, and that you are not currently working on any word documents in the legacy RefWorks.
  • New RefWorks has an add-in for MS Word that will replace Write-n-Cite.  It only works with some versions of Office 2013, Office 2016, and later. Write-n-Cite for Mac users is not yet available.

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