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Help getting citations into RefWorks arranged by database vendor.
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2012 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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This page compiles instructions about getting citations from various databases into RefWorks. Find the name of the database vendor under the tab above to see a page of instructions.


General help

Exporting from a Data Service

RefWorks supports hundreds of databases provided by numerous data vendors. Import filter development is an ongoing process and new filters are being added continually. For a complete up-to-date list of import filters click here.

If your data vendor is not listed below, check the import filter list from the link above to determine if a filter exists for a particular vendor.  Not all data vendors are listed below.  

If no filter exists for a particular vendor, we recommend you look for alternative export or save options.  If there is an export/save option for EndNote, you can use the Refer Format import filter (see sample below) or for Reference Manager, you can import into RefWorks with the RIS Format import filter (see sample below).  If there is an export/save option for Medline (see sample below), you can use NLM PubMed as the import filter.

Sample Refer Format:

%A Kim, Hyeon-Hye

%A Goins, Gregory D.

%A Wheeler, Raymond M.

%A Sager, John C.

%D 2004

%I Oxford University Press

%J Annals of Botany


Sample RIS Format:


A1 Kim, Hyeon-Hye

A1 Goins, Gregory D.

A1 Wheeler, Raymond M..

A1 Sager, John C.

Y1 2004

PB Oxford University Press

JF Annals of Botany


Sample Medline Format:


IS  - 1538-7135

VI  - 3

IP  - 1

DP  - 2005

TI  - The threat of pandemic influenza: are we ready?

PG  - 70-3

AD  - Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, University of Texas Medical

      Branch, Galveston.

FAU - Lemon, Stanley M


Word/PDF to RefWorks

It's difficult to move from a Word bibliography into a RefWorks file. The most reliable way is to manually create new entries and copy and paste your data in.

It's also possible to search for each item in Google Scholar and use the Export to Refworks feature (set in preferences).

Below are some workarounds that some people have used successfully to export from a Word or PDF file into RefWorks.


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