RefWorks is moving to the Cloud

PQFRefWorks is a citation management tool used to store references and facilitate citing and formatting references in written works. The new RefWorks will be on an entirely new platform with new features and tools, as well as a new name, ProQuest RefWorks.

ProQuest RefWorks will be a cloud-based client with a mobile responsive design. A beta version of ProQuest RefWorks called, ProQuest Flow, is available now and one can access it by signing up for a ProQuest Flow login. Flow account holders will automatically migrate to ProQuest RefWorks when it comes out in January 2016. When signing up for Flow, users will be given the option of importing ProQuest RefWorks folders and references. This can also be accomplished at a later date. Note, however, there is no continuous synchronization between the two tools: these are separate tools with different logins.

ProQuest RefWorks will offer new features such as drag and drop capability for importing PDFs, a PDF reader, and integration with Google Docs and Dropbox. As in the legacy RefWorks, users will still be able to share references, create bibliographies, and format papers.

Mac users should be aware that the formatting tool, ProQuest for Word, also called Write-N-Cite, may not work with the latest Mac operating system or with Microsoft Word for Mac 2016. Mac users may want to consider using the citation tool Mendeley instead.

More information can be found at the ProQuest RefWorks Customer Resources support center or on the ProQuest Flow Guide. SU Libraries will provide more information on using ProQuest RefWorks when it is released in January. For assistance using Flow or ProQuest RefWorks at Syracuse University, please email

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