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A comprehensive guide on using RefWorks. Includes directions and tutorials.

Transitioning to New RefWorks

We are transitioning from the existing RefWorks, also called Legacy RefWorks,  to New RefWorks.  

The transition process is easy and simple.  You can start your transition now. If you plan to stay with the Legacy RefWorks, and transit later, you can do so.  We don't have a definitive date when the Legacy RefWorks will retire. 

To start the transition, follow the steps below: 

  • Sign up for a New RefWorks account by going to the New RefWorks web site at
  • Click "Create Account" link at the bottom of the page, and start entering the required information
  • Make sure you use your Cal State LA campus email address, e.g.,, and a password of your choice

Once you've created your account (you'll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process), you’ll get access immediately and can get started managing your documents.

The next thing you need to do is to migrate your saved references from your Legacy RefWorks to the New RefWorks.   If you are a new user to RefWorks, you have no worries about this. 

To migrate your saved references, follow the steps below:

  • You can bring your RefWorks data into the New RefWorks from within your New RefWorks account via Import references.
  • In your New RefWorks account, click the "+" sign, and select "Import references"
  • Follow the prompt on the screen to complete the migration process.  Depending on the number of references you have in your Legacy RefWorks account, it may take a few minutes for this process to complete
New RefWorks showing Add a Reference Icon with Import References selected


What Is RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography management tool, which allows you to imported citations from your search results from OneSearch, databases, text files, websites and more.

Why Use RefWorks?

  • Gather, store, manage, and share references or citations.
  • Generate bibliographies in numerous citation formats such as APA, MLA, Chicago, and many others.
  • Store references online and have access to them anywhere using your web browser.
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