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University of Portland Clark Library

Mendeley: Transitioning from RefWorks

Why Transition?

Why would you want to transition? Here is a comparison chart of the services that each citation manager offers.

  RefWorks Mendeley
Desktop App Platforms Only on web browser Mac, Windows
Browser Plug-in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome
Mobile App None; mobile-friendly site instead None
Offline Availability Only with link to Dropbox account Yes
Sharing/ Collaborating Cannot create private groups, but can create shared collections that enable you to collaborate with others Can create 1 private group with up to 3 users that can hold multiple folders
Storage Space Unlimited with institutional account Up to 2 GB with free account; 5 GB for $55/year; and unlimited storage for $165/year

 

Moving Your Library

Step 1: Export your RefWorks library

  • First go to the References Menu.
  • Choose the Export option. This will then prompt you to select which sources you would like to export from your library.
  • Select All References.
  • Save the file as a .TXT document.

Step 2: Importing your RefWorks library to Mendeley

  • First select Add New from the left menu.
  • Choose File(s) from computer.
  • Select the document you saved on RefWorks to transfer your library to Mendeley.

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