The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Archive: 17/03/2021

RefWorks requires a subscription that is paid for by the University Libraries. Due to budget pressure, declining use, and increasing subscription cost, the Libraries have decided to cancel the subscription to RefWorks effective July 31, 2021. 

Considerations that went into this decision include:

  • Declining usage of RefWorks and continuing cost increases;

  • Availability of free alternative citation management tools such as Zotero and Mendeley available to students, faculty, and researchers.

The UMass Amherst Libraries are committed to supporting our community though this change and are providing assistance with migrating from RefWorks to another citation management tool. We will be offering workshops throughout the spring to help those using RefWorks to transition to a different citation manager, if they choose to do so.

Due to the short time we will retain access to RefWorks, at this point, we DO NOT recommend new users select RefWorks as their citation manager.