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Adding References to Refworks


There are several ways to add a reference into Refworks:Refworks in HoyaSearch

  1. Direct Export. Some Library databases have a "Refworks" or "Export to Refworks" button. If you have Refworks open, clicking the button will automatically send the reference into Refworks. Look for this option in HoyaSearch, EBSCO databases, ProQuest databases, and Google Scholar.
  2. Download RIS file. Databases without direct export often have an option to download a citation as an RIS file. RIS is a file format used by several reference managers, including Refworks. After downloading the file, log into Refworks and select Add > Import References > Import from a file. 
  3. Save to Refworks bookmarklet. After installing, clicking "Save to Refworks" will attempt to save your current webpage as a reference in Refworks. (Warning: in our experience, the bookmarklet may not be able to recognize all the metadata on a page, and may generate a briefer reference than other options, like Direct Export or downloading an RIS file.)
  4. Drag and Drop into Refworks. If you have Refworks open in a new window, you can drag PDFs or other documents onto Refworks, or click Add > Upload Document. Refwors will automatically attempt to parse the file and extract metadata.
  5. Search a database within Refworks. You can search PubMed or the Library of Congress Catalog from within Refworks. Choose Search Databases and enter some search terms. Select references to import by clicking their boxes.
  6. Add shared references. If other Refworks users have shared a folder of references with you, you can add those references to your personal folders.
  7. Create a reference manually. Go to Add > Create New Reference. Pick the appropriate reference type (journal article, book, etc.) and fill out the fields.

For more information, read Adding References in the Refworks User Guide, or watch the video tutorial:

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