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An overview for installing, setting up, and using the bibliographic manager Zotero. Based on guide created by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library at

Transitioning from RefWorks to Zotero

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 Image of gear 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.

Switching from RefWorks: Video

Video tutorial from the University of Rhode Island University Libraries.


Need some help with switching or learning Zotero? Here's a list of people and opportunties that can help: