The quickest and easiest way to populate your RefWorks account is via LibrarySearch - see below for instructions. For those of you who prefer to use the native databases, or who are conducting more comprehensive searches, you can also export references from these into RefWorks.

The instructions can vary depending on where you are searching, and most are quite straighforward and follow this general procedure:

Some databases follow slightly different procedures, the main ones of which you can find below. 

LibrarySearch
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  • Log in to LibrarySearch and conduct a search
  • Pin the items you would like to ‘Add to Saved Items’ 
  • Go to Saved Items at the top of the screen
  • Select the items you wish to export
  • Go to the ellipsis menu and choose RefWorks   
  • Choose the version of RefWorks you are using
  • Import Complete. Your references will display in Last Imported folder where you can organise them into folders if required.
Google Scholar

To export references from Scholar:

  • Conduct a search in Google Scholar
  • Go to the Scholar ellipsis menu / Settings
  • Under Bibliography manager, select radio button Show links to import citations into
  • Choose RefWorks from the dropdown
  • Save
  • Your search results will now show the option to Import into RefWorks
  • Choose the version of RefWorks you are using
  • Import Complete. Your references will display in Last Imported folder where you can organise them into folders if required.
PubMed

Exporting from PubMed works in a number of different ways:

Importing from within New RefWorks:

  • Open New RefWorks
  • Select Search Databases from the left hand menu
  • Choose PubMed from the dropdown
  • In the searchbox, enter your keywords. Search.
  • Tick the items you wish to import
  • Click Import (top right hand of screen)
  • Your chosen items will have imported into your RefWorks - you can see them in Last Imported, where you can then move them into folders if required.

Alternatively, you can search and export from within PubMed:

  • Open PubMed and conduct your search
  • Tick the items you wish to export
  • Go to Send To, and choose Citation Manager from the dropdown
  • Create file (a .nbib file is created and saved to your Downloads)
  • Open New RefWorks
  • Go to the Add a Reference icon - +
  • Import references
  • Select a file from your computer - go to Downloads and select your file
  • A message will appear - This file will be imported as: NLM PubMed. Click Import.
  • Import Complete. Your references will display in Last Imported folder where you can organise them into folders if required.
ACM Digital Library

To export multiple references from ACM, it may be easier to create an account first. It's easy to do - simply follow the instructions from Sign Up in the top right hand corner of ACM. Once you've done this, Sign in:

  • Enter your keywords to conduct a search
  • Click on the title of the item you wish to export
  • Save to Binder
  • Create a new binder, or choose from those already created  
  • Save to binder (bottom of pop-up box)
  • Go to My binders and select the binder you would like to export to RefWorks
  • Click on BibTeX from Export Formats
  • A pop-up box appears - click Download. A .bib file will be saved to your Downloads
  • Open New RefWorks
  • Go to the Add a Reference icon - +
  • Import references
  • Select a file from your computer - go to Downloads and select your file
  • A message will appear - What is the format of this file? In the searchbox, search for ACM
  • Select BibTeX [ACM Digital Library (BibTex format)]
  • This file will be imported as: ACM Digital Library. Click Import.
  • Import Complete. Your references will display in Last Imported folder where you can organise them into folders if required.
IEEE

To export references from IEEE:

  • Enter your keywords to conduct a search
  • Tick the items you wish to export
  • Go to Export
  • Go to Citations
  • Choose RIS, and either Citation Only or Citation and Abstract
  • Export  
  • A .ris file will be saved to your Downloads 
  • Open New RefWorks
  • Go to the Add a Reference icon - +
  • Import references
  • Select a file from your computer - go to Downloads and select your file
  • A message will appear - What is the format of this file? The file will be imported as RIS Format:
  • Select IEEE from the dropdown
  • Click Import.
  • Import Complete. Your references will display in Last Imported folder where you can organise them into folders if required.