RefWorks

You can move your references from other tools to RefWorks easily.

Getting your Existing References into RefWorks

To get your existing references into the new RefWorks, look up your current reference manager below and follow the steps described.

Legacy RefWorks

Legacy RefWorks users have two options for moving existing references into the new RefWorks.

When you log in to legacy RefWorks, you will see an option within your account to “Move to the newest version of RefWorks”.
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Or you can bring your Legacy RefWorks data into the new RefWorks from within your new RefWorks account via Import references.
Import References
 
EndNote

You can easily import your EndNote into your RefWorks account:

  1. In EndNote, go to Edit > Output Styles > Open Style Manager
  2. Check “RefMan (RIS) Export”.
  3. In your EndNote library, select the references you would like to export.
  4. Go to File > Export and save the file, making sure the output styles field is set to “RefMan (RIS) Export”.
  5. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon plus sign, then select Import References
  6. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 
Zotero
 
You can easily import your Zotero into your RefWorks account:
  1. Log in to your Zotero account.
  2. Select references. 
  3. Right-click and choose Export Selected Items. Choose RIS. Save the file.
  4. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon , then select Import References
  5. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 
Mendeley

​You can automatically import your Mendeley database in just a few clicks from within your RefWorks account. 
 
You can also manually move your Mendeley database.  Here’s how:
  1. From Mendeley Desktop, select record(s) and right click. Select Export, Research Information Systems (*ris).
  2. A dialog box appears for you to select the location where you want to save the file. Type a file name and select a location to save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon plus sign, then select Import References
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 
 

Papers

You can easily import your Papers into your RefWorks account:

  1. In your Papers library, highlight the references you want to export.
  2. Under the File menu, choose 'Export...' and choose the Refman RIS option. Save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon plus sign, then select Import References
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 

ReadCube

You can easily import your ReadCube into your RefWorks account:

  1. From the library view select the article or articles and right click to bring up Export Options.
  2. Select Export to RefMan (RIS) file and save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon plus sign, then select Import References
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 
 
 

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