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Reference Management: move to Mendeley or Zotero

VCU Libraries will discontinue its subscription to the RefWorks citation management tool as of August 31, 2018. Librarians will be happy to assist faculty with moving references and learning the capabilities of other citation managers such as  Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote. RefWorks users can continue to use RefWorks for the current academic year, and make the transition at a time that is convenient.

If you plan to transition from RefWorks to Mendeley or use Mendeley already, VCU Libraries has a substantial number of free premium upgrades available to faculty on a first come, first served basis. Contact us to request an upgrade, to learn more or to request instruction for your students.

Along with helping you keep track of the articles you’re reading, reference management software can auto-generate citations and bibliographies and make it easy to share resources with collaborators and students. VCU Libraries offers support for two of the most popular reference managers, Mendeley and Zotero.

Using browser extensions, these tools can quickly save reference information from PubMed, Web of Science, IEEE Xplore Digital Library, Google Scholar and other online databases. Or metadata can be retrieved from imported PDFs. Group libraries allow users to share the full text and associated notes. When writing, both Mendeley and Zotero interact with Word to automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies. For those using LaTeX, both can generate a BibTeX file.

Base accounts with both these tools are free and VCU Libraries has 500 free Mendeley upgrades available to faculty upon request.

Contact VCU Libraries to learn more

By Martha Roseberry, science and engineering research librarian