RefWorks Step-by-Step Import Instructions

Database Listings: A - F | G - M | N - R | S - Z
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ABI/Inform

  1. Select and connect to the desired database, perform a topic search and view the results list
  2. Mark the desired records. Click the 'Export' link at the top of the results list.
  3. Click RefWorks.
  4. Select either Marked Records or Use Records from the Current Search.
  5. Select Export to RefWorks.

Academic Search Premier

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Click on the 'Add to folder' link, located below the citation information.
  3. Click on the 'Folder' icon, located at the top, right corner of the web page.
  4. Select the citations to import by clicking on the checkbox next to the citations.
  5. Click on the 'Export' icon (looks like a piece of paper with a green arrow).
  6. Select the 'Direct Export to RefWorks' option.
  7. Optional: Uncheck the 'Remove these items from folder after saving' checkbox so that it is NOT selected.
  8. Click the Save button to begin the direct export.

America, History and Life

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Click on the 'Add to folder' link, located below the citation information.
  3. Click on the 'Folder' icon, located at the top, right corner of the web page.
  4. Select the citations to import by clicking on the checkbox next to the citations.
  5. Click on the 'Export' icon (looks like a piece of paper with a green arrow).
  6. Select the 'Direct Export to RefWorks' option.
  7. Optional: Uncheck the 'Remove these items from folder after saving' checkbox so that it is NOT selected.
  8. Click the Save button to begin the direct export.

ARTbibliographies Modern

  1. Select and connect to the desired database, perform a topic search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the desired records.
  3. Click the red RefWorks icon at the top, middle of the web page.
  4. Select either Marked Records or Use Records from the Current Search.
  5. Select the 'Export to RefWorks' button.

Art Full Text

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Mark the records for export.
  3. Click on the 'Exporting/Citing' button on the left side of the web page.
  4. Click on the 'Export to RefWorks, EndNote software' button.
  5. Select the record options.
  6. Select the 'Download Records into RefWorks' Direct Export Tool'.
  7. It is recommended to not clear the marked set after the export in case of an unsuccessful import.
  8. Click the 'Export' button to begin the direct export.

Art Index Retrospective

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Mark the records for export.
  3. Click on the 'Exporting/Citing' button on the left side of the web page.
  4. Click on the 'Export to RefWorks, EndNote software' button.
  5. Select the record options.
  6. Select the 'Download Records into RefWorks' Direct Export Tool'.
  7. It is recommended to not clear the marked set after the export in case of an unsuccessful import.
  8. Click the 'Export' button to begin the direct export.

Arxiv

  1. Search Arxiv.
  2. View the abstract for the desired article.
  3. From the abstract page select CiteBase.
  4. Click on the "Export Record as" link which display "BibTeX".
  5. Save the displayed citation information as a txt file.
  6. Log in to RefWorks.
  7. From the References menu select Import.
  8. For Import Filter/Data Source, choose BibTeX.
  9. For Database, choose the ACM digital Library (BibTex format).
  10. Browse to find the text file you saved on your computer.
  11. Click on Import.
  12. Your records should appear in the Last Imported Folder.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

  1. Perform a search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the records for export.
  3. Click on the 'Export' link at the top of the web page.
  4. Select the 'RefWorks' option.
  5. Click the OK button to begin the direct export.

Biological Abstracts

  1. Perform a search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the records for export using the checkbox to the left of the reference.
  3. Choose the 'Selected records on page' option located on the right side of the web page. 
  4. Select the 'Export to reference software' button.
  5. A window appears asking you to open or save the file.  Save the file to your computer.

In RefWorks:

  1. Login to your RefWorks database.
  2. Click on the REFERENCES/IMPORT menu.
  3. Select the Import filter as 'ISI (Institute for Scientific Information').
  4. Select the database as 'Web of Knowledge'.
  5. Browse to the file saved in the previous steps.
  6. Click the Import button.

Book Review Digest

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Mark the records for export.
  3. Click on the 'Exporting/Citing' button on the left side of the web page.
  4. Click on the 'Export to RefWorks, EndNote software' button.
  5. Select the record options.
  6. Select the 'Download Records into RefWorks' Direct Export Tool'.
  7. It is recommended to not clear the marked set after the export in case of an unsuccessful import.
  8. Click the 'Export' button to begin the direct export.

Business and Company Resource Center

  1. References must be entered manually. You can use the "FindText' button for a reference with BCRC. The ND FindText menu provides a Refworks export option.

Business Source Complete

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Click on the 'Add to folder' link, located below the citation information.
  3. Click on the 'Folder' icon, located at the top, right corner of the web page.
  4. Select the citations to import by clicking on the checkbox next to the citations.
  5. Click on the 'Export' icon (looks like a piece of paper with a green arrow).
  6. Select the 'Direct Export to RefWorks' option.
  7. Optional: Uncheck the 'Remove these items from folder after saving' checkbox so that it is NOT selected.
  8. Click the Save button to begin the direct export.

Compendex

  1. Mark the citations you wish to save.
  2. Just above your list of citations is a box labeled, Results Manager.
  3. Choose the citiation format option and then click the box labeled Download.
  4. Choose the radio button, 'RefWorks direct import' and click Download.
  5. References will be imported directly into RefWorks.

CQ Researcher

  1. Perform a search.
  2. Click the Cite Now! button at the top of the record you would like to export. Note: you can only export one record at a time..
  3. A separate window will pop up.
  4. Choose Export citation to: RefWorks.
  5. References will be imported directly into RefWorks.

CrossFire

  1. Perform a search and view the results list or an individual citation.
  2. Highlight the desired citations and click the 'Export Hits' button on the top navigation bar.
  3. Choose 'ProCite/EndNote/Reference Manager' format.
  4. Choose all, current, range, or selected hits only.
  5. Click the Start button.  Save the file as a text file (*.txt).

In RefWorks:

  1. Login to your RefWorks database.
  2. Click on the REFERENCES/IMPORT menu.
  3. Select the Import filter as 'RIS Format'.
  4. Select the database as 'Beilstein'.
  5. Browse to the file saved in the previous steps.
  6. Click the Import button.

Dissertations and Theses

  1. Perform a search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the records for export.
  3. Click on the 'Export' link at the top of the web page.
  4. Select the 'Export Directly to RefWorks' option.

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

  1. Perform a search and view the results list.
  2. Add the desired reference to your 'marked list' by clicking the checkbox to the left of the reference number.
  3. Click on the 'Marked List' link above the Results List and in the header, on the right side of the web page.
  4. Click on the 'export directly to RefWorks' link. A window should automatically appear with the RefWorks login screen.

Education Abstracts

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Mark the records for export.
  3. Click on the 'Exporting/Citing' button on the left side of the web page.
  4. Click on the 'Export to RefWorks, EndNote software' button.
  5. Select the record options.
  6. Select the 'Download Records into RefWorks' Direct Export Tool'.
  7. It is recommended to not clear the marked set after the export in case of an unsuccessful import.
  8. Click the 'Export' button to begin the direct export.

Expanded Academic ASAP

Perform a search and view the results list.

For a single reference:

  1. Click on the export icon (hand and paper) below the reference.
  2. Under the 'export to 3rd party software' option, select Refworks.
  3. Click on the 'Export' button and the citation is automatically loaded into RefWorks.

For mulitple references:

  1. Click on the Download link on the top of the web page.
  2. Select plain text format and save the text file to your computer.
  3. Login to your RefWorks database.
  4. Click on the REFERENCES/IMPORT menu.
  5. Select the Import filter as 'Gale InfoTrac Web'.
  6. Select the database as 'Gale InfoTrac'.
  7. Browse to the file saved in the previous steps.
  8. Click the Import button.

ERIC

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Click on the 'Add to folder' link, located below the citation information.
  3. Click on the 'Folder' icon, located at the top, right corner of the web page.
  4. Select the citations to import by clicking on the checkbox next to the citations.
  5. Click on the 'Export' icon (looks like a piece of paper with a green arrow).
  6. Select the 'Direct Export to RefWorks' option.
  7. Optional: Uncheck the 'Remove these items from folder after saving' checkbox so that it is NOT selected.
  8. Click the Save button to begin the direct export.

Factiva

Factiva does not allow you to import citations automatically nor to create a download file of citation data which could be imported into RefWorks. You will need to enter data manually into the appropriate fields in RefWorks. To save re-typing, you may wish to have the Factiva page open in one browser window, and RefWorks in another. Then you can copy and paste information, one field at a time.


GeoRef

  1. Select and connect to the desired database, perform a topic search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the desired records.
  3. Click the red RefWorks icon at the top, middle of the web page.
  4. Select either Marked Records or Use Records from the Current Search.
  5. Select the 'Export to RefWorks' button.


Google Scholar

  1. From the Google Scholar search page, click on the Scholars Preferences link.
  2. Scroll down to the Bibliography Manager section and select "Show Links to Import into" and select RefWorks.
  3. Click Save Preferences.
  4. Conduct your search in Google Scholar
  5. Each record displayed will have an Import into RefWorks link. Clicking on the link will launch the RefWorks login page.
  6. Once you log in, you are brought automatically to the Edit view of the reference.

Historical Abstracts

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Check the Tagged checkbox next to the desired records.
  3. Click on the 'Export Options' link above the Results List on the right side of the web page.
  4. Select the 'full entry' option if you wish abstracts to be included in your database.
  5. Select the 'Tagged Entries' option.
  6. Select the 'RefWorks' option.
  7. Click the Send button.
  8. Click the 'Export to RefWorks' button to begin the direct export.

IEEE Explore/Proceedings

  1. Perform a search.
  2. Click on the ' Abstract' view for the desired reference.
  3. In the Download Citation section on the left side of the screen, select 'Citation with Abstract' in the Choose field.
  4. In the Download drop-down menu, select 'EndNote, ProCite and Reference Manager'' and click the DOWNLOAD button.
  5. The file is automatically saved to your computer in RIS Format.
  6. Open RefWorks and click on References >Import.
  7. Select RIS Format as the Import Filter/Data Source and IEEE as the Database.
  8. Browse for your saved file and click Import.

Inspec

  1. Mark the citations you wish to save.
  2. Just above your list of citations is a box labeled, Results Manager.
  3. Choose format then click the box labeled Download.
  4. Choose the radio button,'RefWorks direct import' and click Download.
  5. References will be imported directly into RefWorks.

International Medieval Bibliographies  (Internet Explorer only)

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Check the checkbox next to the desired records.
  3. Click on the export icon near the top of the web page.
  4. Select the download option and the Refworks Tagged format.. 

In RefWorks:

  1. Login to your RefWorks database.
  2. Click on the REFERENCES/IMPORT menu.
  3. Select the Import filter as 'Refworks Tagged Format'.
  4. Select the database as ''Tagged Format'.
  5. Browse to the file saved in the previous steps.
  6. Click the Import button.

JSTOR

  1. Peform a search. Mark your citation(s).
  2. Click Export Citation.
  3. Select RefWorks as the format
  4. RefWorks should open automatically and import your references.

LexisNexis Academic

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Select the citation to import by clicking the checkbox next to the citation.
  3. Click on the 'export' icon, located above the results list, right corner of the web page.
  4. Select your document range.
  5. Click on the 'Export' button.

Library Literature and Information Science

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Mark the records for export.
  3. Click on the 'Exporting/Citing' button on the left side of the web page.
  4. Click on the 'Export to RefWorks, EndNote software' button.
  5. Select the record options.
  6. Select the 'Download Records into RefWorks' Direct Export Tool'.
  7. It is recommended to not clear the marked set after the export in case of an unsuccessful import.
  8. Click the 'Export' button to begin the direct export.

 

LLBA (Linguistics & Lang Behavior Absts)

  1. Select and connect to the desired database, perform a topic search and view the results list
  2. Mark the desired records.
  3. Click the RefWorks icon at the top of the web page.
  4. Select either Marked Records or Use Records from the Current Search.
  5. Select Export to RefWorks.

Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center does not allow you to import citations automatically nor to create a download file of citation data which could be imported into RefWorks. You will need to enter data manually into the appropriate fields in RefWorks. To save re-typing, you may wish to have the LRC page open in one browser window, and RefWorks in another. Then you can copy and paste information, one field at a time.

MathSciNet

  1. Perform a search and view the results list.
  2. Save the citations by clicking the 'Add to Clipboard' button below each citation.
  3. At the top, right of the the web page, click the 'Clipboard' link.
  4. For 'Select Format', select 'citation (BibTeX) from the drop down menu.
  5. Click the 'Save Clipboard' link.
  6. From your browser window's File menu, select 'Save As'. Save your file as a text file to your computer. You may receive a warning. Ignore the warning.

In RefWorks:

  1. Login to your RefWorks database.
  2. Click on the REFERENCES/IMPORT menu.
  3. Select the Import filter as 'BibTeX'.
  4. Select the database as ''MathSciNet'.
  5. Browse to the file saved in the previous steps.
  6. Click the Import button.

MEDLINE

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Click on the 'Add to folder' link, located below the citation information.
  3. Click on the 'Folder' icon, located at the top, right corner of the web page.
  4. Select the citations to import by clicking on the checkbox next to the citations.
  5. Click on the 'Export' icon (looks like a piece of paper with a green arrow).
  6. Select the 'Direct Export to RefWorks' option.
  7. Optional: Uncheck the 'Remove these items from folder after saving' checkbox so that it is NOT selected.
  8. Click the Save button to begin the direct export.

Mergent Online

References must be entered manually.

Metadex
(includes Advanced Polymers Abstracts, Aluminum Industry Abstracts, Ceramic Abstracts, World Ceramics Abstracts, Composites Industry Abstracts, copper Data Center Datbase, Corrosion Abstracts, CSA Materials Research Database with Metadex, Engineered Materials Abstracts, Engineered Materials Abstracts, Ceramics, Materials Business File, METADEX, WELDASEARCH)

  1. Select and connect to the desired database, perform a topic search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the desired records.
  3. Click the red RefWorks icon at the top, middle of the web page.
  4. Select either Marked Records or Use Records from the Current Search.
  5. Select the 'Export to RefWorks' button.

MLA International Bibliography

  1. Select and connect to the desired database, perform a topic search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the desired records.
  3. Click the RefWorks icon at the top, middle of the web page.
  4. Select either Marked Records or Use Records from the Current Search.
  5. Select the 'Export to RefWorks button'.

Notre Dame Library Catalog

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Select the item to import by clicking on the checkbox to the left of the citation.
  3. Click on the 'Email/Save/Export' icon, located above the results list.
  4. Click on the 'Export' tab.
  5. Select 'RefWorks" and click the 'Go' button.

 

Periodicals Archive Online (PAO)

  1. Perform a search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the desired records and click on the 'Marked List' link to view the citations. (top of web page)
  3. For a second time, mark the citations to be exported.
  4. On the right side of the web page, click on the 'Download Selected Citations' link.
  5. Click 'Export Directly to RefWorks'.


PIO

  1. Perform a search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the desired records and click on the 'Marked List' link to view the citations. (top of web page)
  3. For a second time, mark the citations to be exported.
  4. On the right side of the web page, click on the 'Download Selected Citations' link.
  5. Click 'Export Directly to RefWorks'.

Philosopher's Index

  1. Select citations to save by clicking the check box next to each citation.
  2. Click on the save icon on the right, top side of the web page.
  3. Select the 'Export to Refworks' option.
  4. Select all records or the marked records.
  5. Click the OK button at the top, left side of the web page.

    In RefWorks: Login to your RefWorks database. Your citations will automatically be imported.

Project Muse

  1. Select and connect to the desired database, perform a topic search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the desired records.
  3. Click the red RefWorks icon at the top, middle of the web page.
  4. Select either Marked Records or Use Records from the Current Search.
  5. Select the 'Export to RefWorks' button.

Proquest Historical Newspapers

  1. Perform a search and mark the desired citations.
  2. Click on the My Research tab on the top of the web page.
  3. Select the 'Export Citations' link at the top of the web page.
  4. Click 'Export Directly to RefWorks' link.
  5. If this does not work correctly, use the alternative option 'Download in a format compatible with...'.
  6. Save the citations as a text file. Then in Refworks:
  1. Login to your RefWorks database.
  2. Click on the REFERENCES/IMPORT menu.
  3. Select the Import filter as 'Proquest'.
  4. Select the database as ''All databases'.
  5. Browse to the file saved in the previous steps.
  6. Click the Import button.

PsycInfo

  1. Select citations to save by clicking the check box next to each citation.
  2. Click on the save icon on the right, top side of the web page.
  3. Select the 'Export to Refworks' option.
  4. Select all records or the marked records.
  5. Click the OK button at the top, left side of the web page.

    In RefWorks: Login to your RefWorks database. Your citations will automatically be imported.

PubMed

PubMed can be searched from within RefWorks.  Select the Search/Online Catalog or Database menu options.  PubMed is the very first choice under the 'Online Catalog or Database to Search' list box. If you do not want to search from within RefWorks, use the following instructions instead:

To export from PubMed to RefWorks:

  1. Select citations by clicking the checkbox next to each citation.
  2. In the PubMed search result window, click the "Display Settings" link, located in the top, right-hand corner of the web page.
  3. Change the display setting to "MEDLINE" and click the Apply button.
  4. A window will display with your selected citations. Select all the text displayed (CTRL+A) and then copy the text.
  5. Open your Refworks account.
  6. In Refworks click the REFERENCES/IMPORT menu.
  7. Select NLM PubMed as the Import Filter/Data Source.
  8. Select PUBMED as the database.
  9. Paste your selected records (the text you copied) into the text box titled, "Import Data from the following text".
  10. Click on Import.

Readers' Guide Retrospective

  1. Perform a search and view the results list
  2. Mark the records for export.
  3. Click on the 'Exporting/Citing' button on the left side of the web page.
  4. Click on the 'Export to RefWorks, EndNote software' button.
  5. Select the record options.
  6. Select the 'Download Records into RefWorks' Direct Export Tool'.
  7. It is recommended to not clear the marked set after the export in case of an unsuccessful import.
  8. Click the 'Export' button to begin the direct export.

Scifinder

  1. Select desired citations.
  2. Click on Save As (located on the navigation bar)
  3. Identify your disk drive and filename plus the extension .txt (plain text) in the File Name Box .
  4. Select Tagged Format (*.txt) from the Save as type drop-down menu and save.
  5. Open your Refworks account.
  6. In Refworks click on References and Import at the top of the screen.
  7. Select CAS SciFinder as the Import Filter/Data Source
  8. Select Multiple Databases as the database.
  9. At the Import Data from the following Text File box select the file name of your saved records.
  10. Click on Import.

Sociological Abstracts

  1. Select and connect to the desired database, perform a topic search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the desired records.
  3. Click the red RefWorks icon at the top, middle of the web page.
  4. Select either Marked Records or Use Records from the Current Search.
  5. Select the 'Export to RefWorks' button.

Spires

  1. Search SPIRES.
  2. Select BibTeX as the Format.
  3. Click Display Again.
  4. Select and copy the citations and paste them into a blank document.
  5. Remove all quotation marks from the references.
  6. Save the document to your computer as a .txt file.
  7. Log into RefWorks.
  8. From the References menu select Import.
  9. For Import Filter/Data Source, choose BibTeX.
  10. For Database, choose ACM Digital Library (BibTeX format).
  11. Browse to find the text file on your computer.
  12. Click on Import.
  13. Your records should appear in the Last Imported Folder.

Web of Science

In Web of Science:

  1. Click in the box to the left of desired records.
  2. Choose the 'Selected records on page' option located on the very bottom of the web page. You may have to scroll down.
  3. Click on the the Save to EndNote, RefMan, ProCite button.
  4. A window should appear to save the file, titled "uml_view.cgi". Select to save the file and click OK.
  5. In RefWorks

  6. Login to your RefWorks database if you have not already done so.
  7. Click on References and Import at the top of the screen.
  8. Select ISI (Institute for Scientific Information) from the Import Filter/Data Source drop down menu.
  9. Select Web of Science from the Database drop-down menu.
  10. Click in the radio button next to Import Data from the following Text File.
  11. Browse to the text file saved in the previous step.
  12. Click on Import.

WorldCat Database

  1. Click in the box to the left of desired records
  2. Click on Export a the top left of the screen.
  3. At Export: click in the radio button to the left of Marked records from this search.
  4. At Export To:click in the radio button to the left of RefWorks.
  5. Click on Export.

    In RefWorks
  6. Login to your RefWorks database if you have not already done so
  7. Your citation(s) will automatically be imported into the Last Imported Folder.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

  1. Select and connect to the desired database, perform a topic search and view the results list.
  2. Mark the desired records.
  3. Click the red RefWorks icon at the top, middle of the web page.
  4. Select either Marked Records or Use Records from the Current Search.
  5. Select the 'Export to RefWorks' button.

Troubleshooting Tips

Browser import/export Issues:

Under certain circumstances, Direct Export windows do not always open. Try the following steps:

1) Turn off popup blockers in your web browser. RefWorks will not work when popup blockers are enabled.

If Direct Export windows still do not work, clear your cache and cookies:

1) In Microsoft Internet Explorer, clear your internet cache by selecting Tools > Internet Options > Temporary Internet Files > Delete Files... . Occasionally it is also good to clear your browser's History which can be found directly under the Temporary Internet Files entry.
2) Select the Delete Cookies button in the Internet Options panel.
3) Close all internet browser windows.
4) Re-open a single browser window and perform the Direct Export again. This should open RefWorks in a new browser window and the export should work properly.

In Firefox, to clear your internet cache select Tools > Options > Privacy > Cache > Clear .

In Netscape or SeaMonkey, to clear you internet cache select Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Cache > Clear Cache

Internet Explorer 7

Please be advised that Internet Explorer 7 users may experience extreme slowness when using RefWorks. This is due to IE's Phishing Filter (a new feature to IE7) that evaluates web page contents.

Microsoft has a downloadable patch that can rectify this. You can download the patch here: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/928089

Microsoft Vista

RefWorks does not work with Microsoft Vista at this time.