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Why are there two RefWorks?

"New" RefWorks (formerly called Flow) is replacing the "legacy" version of RefWorks.  New users are encouraged to sign up for new RefWorks and transfer your citations from the legacy version.  The current (legacy) RefWorks platform is unaffected: new accounts may be created and existing RefWorks accounts remain unchanged. The new RefWorks is expected to receive new updates and improvements each month.

To try new RefWorks, use your NAU email to create your new RefWorks login. You will have the option to import references from a legacy RefWorks account, both during the new account set-up as well as anytime from within the new account. Importing references into the new platform will not affect your current (legacy) RefWorks account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I transfer my citations from Legacy RefWorks to New RefWorks?

  • Yes.  You will be given the option to import your citations during the process of creating an account, ProQuest also has instructions on how import your citations from Legacy RefWorks

Will creating an account in New RefWorks delete my account in Legacy RefWorks?

  • No. Your accounts in New RefWorks and Legacy RefWorks are separate from one another.  However, in January 2018 Legacy RefWorks will be retired and you will no longer have access to that account.

I created an account with New RefWorks but when I try to import citations from a database Legacy RefWorks appears.  How do I get New RefWorks to appear?

  • If you have used Legacy RefWorks in the past and switch to New RefWorks, importing citations from databases may direct you to Legacy RefWorks.  If this happens to you, simply clear your browsers cookies and then login to New RefWorks.  This should solve the problem.

What are some features of new RefWorks?

  • Supports article uploads.  Allows users to highlight and add comments to pdfs.
  • Write n Cite.  Allows you to cite sources from your RefWorks account in Microsoft Word and Google Docs.
  • Share your research with others.  Folders within your account can be shared with other individuals with RefWorks accounts.

What about Flow?

The new RefWorks was originally called Flow. All previously-created Flow accounts exist on the new RefWorks platform. To access your Flow references, use your Flow login and password on the new RefWorks platform. A user guide (pdf) for a smoother transition from Flow to the new RefWorks is available.


Sources: Stanford University Libraries and ProQuest