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Zotero Guide

UTA Libraries' guide to the citation management tool Zotero

Subscription to RefWorks expired

The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries' subscription to RefWorks expired on March 1, 2020. At this point, you must contact RefWorks Customer Support to request your data. For information about how to do so, please see the RefWorks Migration Information guide.


  • Please be aware that folders in RefWorks cannot be moved to Zotero, only the references themselves can be. Also, what RefWorks refers to as "folders" are called "collections" in Zotero. If you wish to preserve the folder structure that you have in RefWorks, you will need to create new collections in Zotero that correspond to your RefWorks folders. Then, you will need to migrate citation data one folder at a time into the new collections in Zotero.
  • File attachments cannot be transferred from RefWorks to Zotero. You may, however, save the attachments on your computer and then add them to Zotero manually by either dragging the PDF to the appropriate citation or adding it as an attachment to the citation.
  • The "Personal Notes" and "User" fields also cannot be transferred from RefWorks to Zotero. This information may be copied and pasted into another field manually.
  • The Zotero Word plugin cannot be used in a document that contains citations or bibliographies formatted by RefWorks Write-N-Cite.


This LibGuide was developed, with permission, from the Michigan State University Zotero LibGuide and the "Migrating Citations from RefWorks to Zotero" page of the University of Minnesota RefWorks Transition website.