You can keep your references after you graduate by transfering them to an Alumni RefWorks account or to alternative referencing software.
It is very important that you make arrangements to transfer your references before you actually leave the University. It is much easier to help you with this process while you still have a University network account so that you can access the University Portal and RefWorks.
Note: if you wish maintain an alumni RefWorks account, consider updating to New RefWorks (ProQuest RefWorks) as this software is more modern and will continue to be updated by RefWorks - see the New RefWorks guide.)
Graduates and retired members of staff of Stirling University may continue to use RefWorks through the RefWorks Alumni Program. This is a free service for as long as the University continues to subscribe to RefWorks.
The RefWorks Alumni Program gives you:
If you already have a RefWorks database when you graduate or retire from the University you can transfer your references and folders to your new Alumni Account.
As an alumni you may continue to use RefWorks through the RefWorks Alumni Program for as long as the University continues to subscribe to RefWorks. Use one of the two methods below.
CLASSIC REFWORKS USERS (Link from Unversity Portal Resources page)
To set up your Alumni Account you will need a Group Code see the RefWorks Alumni Handout (to view this document you will first need to enter your current computer username and password).
If you have already left the University you will need to contact the Library (e.g. use the Ask a Librarian link on the right of this page) to request your RefWorks Alumni Account. We will send you a Group Code and instructions for creating and accessing your new account.
'NEW' REFWORKS USERS (https://refworksproquest.com)
- Login to New RefWorks as usual
- At the top right of the RefWorks screen, click on your Name, then Settings.
- From the 'Select a Role' menu choose Alumni.
- Update the 'email address' section if you won't be using a University email address in future.
- You should be able to continue using RefWorks when you use the University.
If you wish to transfer your existing references into your new Aumni account you will need to create a Backup which can be Restored when your new account is operational. You need to create your Backup before you graduate or leave the University.
To Backup Your RefWorks Account
To Restore Your References to Your Alumni Account
An alternative to RefWorks for Alumni might be to transfer your references to other software.
The following example uses Mendeley which is currently free (see our guide for more information about Mendeley) but there are a range of other packages.
Note - if you wish to preserve your RefWorks folder structure you must export one folder at a time.
Click the References menu and choose Export. Select Bibliographic Software as the export format and export your references.
In the Mendeley Desktop, Go to File > Add Files ... and select the file you exported from RefWorks. Mendeley should do the rest automatically.
Further information is available from the Mendeley migration guide.