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RefWorks Migration: Migrating TO Zotero

Help migrating your information from RefWorks to another platform.

How to move citations from RefWorks to Zotero

Folders in RefWorks cannot be moved to Zotero along with your references. In Zotero folders are called collections. You will need to create new collections in Zotero that correspond to your folders in RefWorks if you want to preserve your folder structure.

  • Login to RefWorks.
  • In RefWorks, locate and click on the folder you want to export to Zotero.

click on desired folder to export the contents

  • In RefWorks, locate and click on the folder you want to export to Zotero.

click share and then export references

  • Choose all references from the selected folder and BibTeX as the format, then click Export.

Choose all references and BibTeX

Open Zotero on your desktop

  •  (After creating an account with Zotero and downloading the desktop version)

  • Click on File and select Import

click on file and select import

  • When asked where to import a file from, choose “A file (BibTex, RIS, Zotero RDF, etc.)” and click next.

choose A file (BibTex, RIS, Zotero RDF, etc.

  • Find and select the file that you exported from RefWorks in your Downloads area as export and click Open.

downloads folder select export

  • For import options, choose “Copy files to the Zotero storage folder” and click next.

Copy files to the Zotero storage folder

  • Click Finish when the import is complete.
  • Your files have been added to Zotero. You can now create a folder and organize the files as you wish.


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