UCSF Library's long time subscription to RefWorks ended on 6/30/2020. For RefWorks users we suggest changing to EndNote or Zotero as alternatives. Please contact email@example.com for questions.
Moving your RefWorks library to Zotero or Endnote is a simple process:
This document shows detailed steps: https://ucsf.box.com/s/dy5vhy2rqy0v75yrb7085jg480vwvrdg
This video walks you through the same steps: https://media.ucsf.edu/media/RefWorks+Migration/0_bua3l0ew
In essence all reference managers do the same three things:
1. Store information about books, articles, websites, etc. in one place.
2. Organize this information in a useful way and make it searchable.
3. Use the information in your reference manager to add in-text citations and a reference list to a document you are writing, or to create a bibliography.
They vary in many details.
We will focus on 2 (EndNote, Zotero). These are the two products we will support and teach in the future (written June 2020). There are others available. Relevant alternatives include Sciwheel (previously F1000), Mendeley, PaperPile, Papers (now merged with ReadCube), Citavi, RefWorks, etc. As I write this in June, 2020, UCSF does not provide EndNote, the best price is $114 for students and $219 for faculty and staff. Papers is now a subscription service costing $36/yr for students and $60/yr for academics. Zotero, Mendeley, F1000, and PaperPile work with GoogleDocs. Zotero is free to all unless you need to buy extra cloud storage space, Mendeley costs money if you try to form a group of more than 3 people. You pay a monthly fee for PaperPile. We try to monitor developments in reference managers and will provide information about significant updates in this library guide.
These points refer to EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley:
This is an attempt to provide a brief overview of five popular citation management software. The right software for you will depend on your work, your collaborators, and your environment.