[Eril-l] Citation Managers - RefWorks

Steve Oberg steve.oberg at wheaton.edu
Thu May 2 14:50:58 PDT 2019

I’m a little surprised that no one has mentioned Zotero yet (unless I’ve just overlooked that). Zotero is free (open source and developed by an independent, non-profit org) and very full featured; in fact, I think it functions better than RefWorks.

We (meaning, the library) ended our subscription to RefWorks about three years ago in favor of supporting Zotero, mainly, but also Mendeley (this tool is somewhat more popular in some science departments). We’ve never looked back, and the money spent on it has been redistributed to obtain more research content for our users. In every instruction session or 1:1 meeting where I introduce faculty and students to Zotero, there is an aha, why-didn’t-I-know-about-this-before reaction.


Steve Oberg
Assistant Professor and Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives
Buswell Library | Wheaton College (IL) | +1 (630) 752-5852

On Thu, May 2, 2019 at 10:33 AM Wardzala, Susan <Swardza at luc.edu<mailto:Swardza at luc.edu>> wrote:
Good Morning ERIL-L,

We currently have a subscription to RefWorks and are looking at whether to continue it.  With all the free citation mangers out there, we think our researchers are using a wide variety of them.  Has anyone else subscribed to RefWorks and either decided to continue their subscriptions or canceled it?  Would you be willing to talk about your experience?

If you do not have RefWorks, do you supply a citation manager for your researchers?  Which one?  Do you supply support for any other citation managers?

Thanks –

Susan Wardzala
Assistant Head, Lewis Library
Subject Specialist and Liaison for Social Work, Criminal Justice and Library Science
Loyola University, Chicago
25 E Pearson #616
Chicago, IL
swardza at luc.edu<mailto:swardza at luc.edu>
Promouns: She/Her/Hers

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