Moving from another citation manager is a fairly easy process.
The guides below will outline the process of moving from that platform and importing your Library into Zotero.
Until 2018, UVA had a campus-wide subscription to RefWorks. The following instructions outline how to transition to Zotero from that specific version of Refworks.
Zotero: Exporting citations from Refworks to Zotero
Before transferring your references from Refworks, you need to install Zotero. View installation instructions.
1. In RefWorks, click on References--Export. Choose All References, or My List, or a folder. Keep the format as Bibliographic Software.
2. A new tab will open, containing some code. In your browser menu, go to File, and choose Save Page As. Select Text File, and select a name and location for your file.
3. Open the Zotero program on your computer. Click the Actions icon , or go to the File menu, and select Import. Select the .txt file you saved above. This will create a single new folder with all your imported citations. You can them move them to another folder if you wish.
Note: Zotero will not maintain all the folders in your RefWorks account. If you want to keep your established folders, you could alternatively move your citations one folder at a time--as you import each folder, rename it with the same name you used in RefWorks. This process involves more importing steps total but makes it easier to re-establish your folders.
Need some help with switching or learning Zotero? Here's a list of people and opportunties that can help: