About the RefWorks cancellation
The K-State Libraries subscription to RefWorks will end on December 31, 2019. All users who want to keep citations and PDFs stored in RefWorks must transfer them to an alternate citation manager. After December 31, K-State users’ RefWorks accounts will be permanently inaccessible.
Due to declining budgets and the growing financial burden created by the serials crisis, K-State Libraries must make ongoing cancellations to subscription-based materials. The decision to cancel RefWorks was based on the availability of free and low-cost alternatives and declining usage of the product.
How to transfer out of RefWorks by December 31, 2019
1. Choose a citation manager
Learn about alternate citation management tools like Zotero, Mendley, and EndNote. We provide information about these alternatives in our online RefWorks Transition Guide.
2. Transfer your citations
Follow step-by-step directions in our online RefWorks Transition Guide to migrate your citations out of RefWorks to your new citation manager.
3. Get assistance
Attend a workshop. We’ll cover the basics and provide one-on-one help.
Contact us via phone, email, chat, or in person. We will troubleshoot the process and assist you with your new citation manager.
Basic RefWorks cancellation Q & A
If I miss the December 2019 deadline to get my citations out of RefWorks, is there anything I can do?
No. You will be unable to access your account after December 31, 2019.
If I am a K-State alumnus who has been using RefWorks, will I also lose my access?
Yes. You will have to migrate your RefWorks citations to one of the other citation managers by December 31, 2019, even if you changed your log-in email address to a non-K-State account.
I know current and former K-State students/colleagues/employees who use RefWorks. Will they be alerted that their access is ending?
Anyone who originally signed up for RefWorks through K-State’s subscription by creating an account with a K-State email address will lose access. This impacts everyone—even users who later changed their log-in email address to a non-K-State account (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.). Since the original account was created under K-State Libraries’ subscription, those users also need to transfer their citations by December 31, 2019.
K-State Libraries will email RefWorks users via the most recent email addresses they’ve attached to their K-State-originated accounts in order to alert them of the transition. At every step, we will provide instructions on how to transfer their content to an alternate citation management tool and offer assistance.
Can I sign up and pay for an individual account with RefWorks?
No. RefWorks does not offer individual accounts.
Thank you to Arizona State University Library for providing some of this content.