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New RefWorks vs. Legacy RefWorks

RefWorks recently transitioned to a new interface. While Dickinson College will not be fully implementing the new version until a later date, individual users can choose to stay with the legacy version or switch over to the new version at this time. During the transition period you will see the options below when you export references from a library database into RefWorks. Choose Legacy RefWorks if you would like to continue working with your existing RefWorks account, or choose the new RefWorks icon to export references to your new RefWorks account. 

Which version of RefWorks would you like to export to?




If you would like to start using RefWorks, or to create a new RefWorks account to try the new interface, go to and click on "Create account," then enter your Dickinson email address. If you want to migrate your references from your Legacy RefWorks account to your new account, please see the box below this one, "Migrating Existing References to the New RefWorks," for instructions. 

If you need assistance using the New RefWorks interface, check out this guide from the creators of RefWorks or ask the on-call librarian for help. Please note that the guide below includes instructions for both the new RefWorks and for Legacy RefWorks. Select the box that applies to the version of RefWorks that you are using.  

Migrating Existing References to the New RefWorks

If you would like to create a new RefWorks account and migrate your existing references to the new account at the same time, follow the instructions for Soft Migration from legacy to new RefWorks.

If you already have both a Legacy RefWorks and a new RefWorks account, and would like to migrate your existing references to the new account, follow the instructions for Importing Your Legacy RefWorks Database when you already have a new RefWorks account.



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RefWorks Frequently Asked Questions


What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is web-based bibliographic software that enables you to:

  • Organize your research
  • Add citations while you write your paper
  • Format a bibliography in a variety of citation styles
  • Import references from many data sources
  • Create bibliographies in different formats (Word, RTF, HTML, etc.)

As a web-based program, RefWorks does not require any software to download and update, and you can access your personal account from any computer connected to the internet.

What it does

RefWorks simplifies the process of documenting sources in your paper by turning this: (sample information about a book in a library catalog)...

Author: Finkelman, Paul, 1949-
Title: Slavery and the founders : race and liberty in the age of Jefferson / Paul Finkelman.
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe
Date: c2001.

...into this (sample entry from a list of references, APA style):

Finkelman, P. (2001). Slavery and the founders: race and liberty in the age of Jefferson (2nd ed.). Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe.

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