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RefWorks: Importing References from Bioscience Databases and Library Catalogs

The instructions below will help you import records into RefWorks from resources including:

If you have additional questions, please see RefWorks Help.

Database Instructions

Academic Search Complete
(on the EBSCOhost platform)

In Academic Search Complete:

  1. Select the citations of interest in the search results screen by clicking on the Add to folder link on each item you'd like to save link directly under each citation.
  2. Click the Folder link in the top right corner of the search results screen.
  3. Select the items you wish to add to your RefWorks account, then select Export.
  4. Choose Direct Export to RefWorks, then click Save.

To add all search results on a page to your folder and export them all at once, click the Link to save all items on the page link near the top right corner of your search results. You can change how many search results appear on a page (up to 50) by using the drop-down Display menu at the bottom of your search results page.

In RefWorks: The records will be imported automatically once you log in.

Access World News

In Access World News:

  1. Select the citations of interest in the search results screen by selecting the check box next to each citation.
  2. Click the Bibliography (export) link in the box on the right-hand side of the search results screen.
  3. Click on the RefWorks Direct button.

To export from a saved list, simply select the citations of interest (or select all) and follow the directions above.

In RefWorks: The records will be imported automatically once you log in.

Agricola

Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management

GeoRef (and other databases on the ProQuest platform)

In a ProQuest database:

  1. Select the citations of interest in the search results screen.
  2. Mouse over the Export/Save link at the top right of the results list.
  3. From the list of options that appears, select RefWorks.
  4. The RefWorks log-in page should open in a new tab or window. If it fails to do so, you may need to change your browser settings to allow pop-ups.

In RefWorks: The records will be imported automatically once you log in.

Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
(on the ProQuest platform)
See directions for Agricola.

BIOSIS
(on the ISI Web of Knowledge platform)

Detailed guide:
(html) | (pdf)

 

In BIOSIS:

  1. On the Search Results screen, select the citation(s) you want to import into RefWorks by clicking in the checkboxes to the left of the appropriate citation(s).
  2. Select "Save to RefWorks" from the drop-down menu above the search results list.
  3. Choose the record content you would like to include, and click Send.
  4. The RefWorks Login page should automatically open in a new browser window or tab. If it fails to do so, you may need to change your browser settings to allow pop-ups.

In RefWorks: The records will be imported automatically once you log in.

CAB Abstracts
(on the ISI Web of Knowledge platform)

Detailed guide:
(html) | (pdf)

See directions for BIOSIS.

Ebrary

Importing single references from ebrary:
In ebrary: From the search results screen in ebrary, click on the RefWorks button refworks button. Or, from the page for a specific title, select Cite Book, then select RefWorks/Flow.

Importing multiple references from ebrary:
In ebrary:

  1. Sign in to ebrary.
  2. Add the references you want to export to your ebrary bookshelf by clicking the Add to Bookshelf button for each title.
  3. Select the Bookshelf tab. Create a folder for the references you have saved to your bookshelf, or put them in an existing folder.  You must put your references in a folder in order to export them to RefWorks.
  4. Click on the folder name to view its contents. Click the Export entire folder to: RefWorks button.

In RefWorks: RefWorks will open in a new browser window or tab. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to log in before continuing. Once you are logged in, your references will be imported automatically.

Note: By default, the button to import to RefWorks should display in ebrary. If it does not,

  1. Click My Settings, located beside the Sign In link in the top right corner of the main ebrary screen.  (Note: You do not need to be signed in to change My Settings.)
  2. Click Edit Settings (if signed in) or scroll down to Citation Manager and select the Enable RefWorks check box, and then Save Changes.
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
(on the ProQuest platform)
See directions for Agricola.
GeoRef
(on the ProQuest platform)
See directions for Agricola.

Google Scholar

In Google Scholar: You will need to set your preferences in Google Scholar in order to see customized links that allow you to import your search results into RefWorks. From the Google Scholar homepage,

  1. Click on Settings (the gear icon).
  2. Scroll down to Bibliography Manager.
  3. Click on the radio button "Show links to import citations..." and select RefWorks.
  4. Click on Save.
Perform your search, then select a citation of interest and click on the Import into RefWorks link. (References can only be imported one at a time.) RefWorks will automatically open in a new browser window or tab.

In RefWorks: The record will be imported automatically once you log in.

JSTOR

In JSTOR:

  1. Select the citations of interest in the search results screen.
  2. Click Citation Tools > Export at the top of the results list (near the Save and Email links).
  3. When the Export Citations page opens, choose RefWorks.
  4. In RefWorks: The record will be imported automatically once you log in.

Lexis/Nexis

In Lexis/Nexis: Select the citations of interest in the search results screen. Find and click the lexis-nexis icon for import to RefWorks icon in the top right of the screen (near the Save and Print icons).

In RefWorks: The record will be imported automatically once you log in.*

*Note: You may need to edit the record to place information in the proper fields.

PubMed

Detailed instructions

In PubMed:

  1. On the search results screen, use the checkboxes to select the citations you'd like to import (or choose selections from multiple searches using the PubMed Clipboard).
  2. Under the Send to: pulldown menu, select Citation manager, and then click Create file.
  3. Save the .nbib file of citations to your desktop.

In RefWorks:

  1. Select References > Import.
  2. Under Import Filter/Data Source, choose NLM PubMed.
  3. Under Database, select PubMed.
  4. Under Select Text File, browse to the .nbib file's location on your computer, select it, and click Open.
  5. Under Import into Folder, select the folder into which you would like to import the citations, and click the Import button.
  6. When the Import Completed dialogue box appears, click the View Last Imported Folder button to view your imported citations.

Scifinder Scholar

In Scifinder Scholar:

  1. Select the citations of interest in the search results screen.
  2. At the top right part of the screen, click Export.
  3. In the Export window that appears, choose Selected.
  4. Under For: Citation Manager, choose Tagged Format (*.txt).
  5. Enter a filename that you will recognize.
  6. Click Export.
  7. Save the file to your computer.

In RefWorks:

  1. Select References > Import.
  2. Under Import Filter/Data Source, select CAS SciFinder.
  3. Under Database, select CAPlus.
  4. Select Import Data from the following Text File, click Browse (right side), and navigate to the saved SciFinder file; click Open.
  5. Click Import.
  6. To view the references, click on View Last Imported Folder.

Scopus

In Scopus:

  1. Select the citations of interest in the search results screen.
  2. Select Export.
  3. Select RefWorks direct export as the export format.
  4. Choose the preferred citation information to be included.
  5. Click Export.

In RefWorks: RefWorks will open in a new browser window or tab. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to do so. Once you are logged in, your references will be imported automatically. (You may need to allow popups in your browser.)

Web of Science
(on the ISI Web of Knowledge platform)

Detailed guide:
(html) | (pdf)

See directions for BIOSIS.

Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide

In Wildlife Worldwide: Select the citations of interest in the search results screen and then select Output: Marked Full Records in the Select Output Format pulldown menu. Click Export.

On the next page, click RefWorks to open the RefWorks login page (in a new window). The records will be imported automatically once you log in.

Zoological Record
(on the ISI Web of Knowledge platform)

Detailed guide:
(html) | (pdf)

See directions for BIOSIS.

Melvyl
(UC libraries and libraries worldwide)

Importing single references from Melvyl:

In Melvyl: Perform your search. From the search results page, click the title of the record you wish to export. Click the Cite/Export link cite/exportnear the top of the page. In the box that appears, click Import to RefWorks.

In RefWorks: RefWorks will open in a new browser window or tab. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to log in before continuing. Once you are logged in, your references will be imported automatically. (You may need to allow popups in your browser.)

Importing multiple references from Melvyl:

In Melvyl: Before you search, click the Sign In link (top right corner of page) and sign in to Melvyl. If you do not have an account, you can create one at this time. Perform your search.

  1. From the Search Results page, select the citations you want to export.
  2. Click the Save to: drop down menu at the top of your search results and select [New List].
  3. Name your list, and choose whether you want the list to be public or private.
  4. Click your user name (top right corner of page).
  5. Click the title of the list you just created.
  6. Click the Citations View tab.
  7. Make sure all your citations are selected (this is the default).
  8. In the Export selected references drop down menu, select RefWorks. Click Export.

In RefWorks: RefWorks will open in a new browser window or tab. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to log in before continuing. Once you are logged in, your references will be imported automatically. (You may need to allow popups in your browser.)

OskiCat
(UCB library catalog)

In OskiCat: From the search results screen, click the checkboxes beside the items you wish
to export.

  1. Click Save Selected Records, or Save All to save all records on a page.
  2. Click the View Saved button near the top of the page to see your list of saved records.
  3. Click the Export Saved button.
  4. Select EndNote/RefWorks.
  5. In the Send List To column, select Screen. Use your browser's Edit menu to select and copy all text on the page.
    (Alternatively, you can select Local Disk and save the references as a text file.)

In RefWorks:

  1. Log in and select References > Import.
  2. Under Import Filter/Data Source , select University of California at Berkeley.
  3. Under Database, select University of California Berkeley (OskiCat) (EndNote/RefWorks Format).
  4. Select Import data from the following text, then paste your copied text into the box and click Import.
    (Alternatively, select Import data from the following Text File, click Browse to navigate to the location of the file on your computer, and click Import.)

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