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An introduction to RefWorks, a web-based bibliography and citation manager that enables users to create their own personal database of citations by importing references from the library catalog, library databases, and elsewhere.
Direct Export from Library Databases 


Many Library databases allow you to automatically export your references to RefWorks.  The video below explains some of the ways this may be accomplished.





Direct Import from Select Websites


Academic websites such as Google Scholar Worldcat, and PubMed, also offer direct export citations to RefWorks. Select the tabs below for instructions.


In Google Scholar, click on the quotation marks underneath a search result to review the citation format of a resource:

 Then click RefWorks to export the citation:

Create a Custom Link to Import References to RefWorks

You can create a custom link to Import into RefWorks that appears underneath each search result. To add this custom link, use the following steps: 

1. Click on the Menu settings in Google Scholar menu in the top left corner and click on Settings.         

2. After clicking on Settings, refer to the Search results section, and under Bibliography manager, select the radio button to Show links to import citations into. Set the chosen reference management software to RefWorks using the dropdown and click Save.

3. An Import into RefWorks custom link will then appear under each search result.



The video tutorial below demonstrates how to create a bibliography list in WorldCat and then export that list to RefWorks. 

Although PubMed does not have a direct export to RefWorks, it's possible to create a file in PubMed that can be imported into RefWorks.

Detailed instructions on this process can be found here.