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About the Legacy RefWorks

What is the New RefWorks?

ProQuest is launching a new and improved version of RefWorks that makes it easier than ever to manage and organize your research. The New RefWorks offers some handy, new features.

What is the difference between the Legacy and New RefWorks?

Currently, the biggest difference users will notice is that the new RefWorks has an entirely new look and feel, although most of the functionality remains the same.
New features are for instance the ability to drag and drop PDFs, enhanced sharing features, as well as highlighting and annotating PDFs.

One change that will affect users who have multiple accounts is that in the New RefWorks, users will only have one account tied to their institutional email address.

I already have a legacy RefWorks account. Should I switch to the new version?

The new RefWorks is now available. The legacy version will still be available in the coming years. Before you switch from the Legacy RefWorks to the New RefWorks, you should consider a number of factors . ‚Äč

  • For normal, non-intensive use, we recommend the new RefWorks because of the user-friendliness and additional options (such as adding and annotating PDFs and using RefWorks in Google Docs)
  • For intensive use, for example in a systematic review, when you are using hundreds or even thousands of references, we recommend that you continue using Legacy RefWorks. This because the Legacy RefWorks appears to be more reliable when deduplicating references

You may have accounts in both the new and the legacy version of RefWorks, the accounts are separate from each other. You may want to consider experimenting with the new RefWorks for a new project, while relying on the legacy version for current projects.

Can I have accounts in both versions?

Basic RefWorks and New RefWorks can be used in tandem. So you can experiment with the new version while your account in the legacy version is unaffected. However, the two versions do not sync together. You must transfer citations using the import/export command to move any content from one version to the other.

Make sure you log in form the RefWorks page on the USF Libraries Website no matter which version you use

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