For questions about a particular citation manager, contact the following librarians:
Binghamton University Libraries’ subscription to RefWorks will expire at the end of December 2019 and will not be renewed. We have carefully reviewed the pros and cons of the Libraries’ RefWorks license and have concluded that the high cost of the annual subscription can no longer be justified when there are other free or low-cost citation management programs available that are as good or better than RefWorks.
This FAQ page is designed to help you in planning for the RefWorks transition. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have that are not addressed here.
Binghamton University Libraries provide support for three other bibliographic/citation management systems: Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote Basic. All three offer the same basic set of functions as RefWorks, although each has its own strengths.
For a detailed comparison of these tools, see the Libraries' citation management guide.
On the Libraries’ citation management guide, you’ll find pages for each of the citation managers we support. Those pages include information about getting started, links to detailed documentation, and librarians to contact for more help.
Yes. Zotero and Mendeley offer both a desktop version and an online account where you can store references, and to which you can sync the data you have saved in the desktop version. EndNote Basic can only be used online.
With very few exceptions, every database that exports to RefWorks will also export to these other programs. Most databases that offer automatic export to RefWorks also provide the same type of direct export to EndNote. Mendeley and Zotero have browser-based import functions that allow you to import from your database of interest. Many databases also provide the option of direct export in RIS format.
For more details about exporting to a particular citation manager, see the appropriate page of this guide.
While this was once a problem, all three of the alternative citation managers supported by the Libraries now do a very smooth job of downloading and handling any Unicode-based data. For a full list of the scripts or character sets this includes, see https://www.unicode.org/standard/supported.html.
Yes, when Binghamton's RefWorks subscription ends on December 31, 2019, alumni access will no longer be available.
No, RefWorks does not offer individual accounts.