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Adding references to RefWorks

There are several ways of adding references to RefWorks. The option you have to choose depends on the database, catalogue, website or search engine you want to import references from.

These are the options:

  • Direct export: references are 'automatically' exported from a database to RefWorks
  • Import: references are imported in RefWorks through a text-file or a RIS-file
  • Search online catalog or database: searching directly in the UL-catalogue or PubMed
  • Manually entering
  • RefGrab-it: with this tool RefWorks captures bibliographic information from webpages, like Amazon.com 

You can find more information about these options in the menu to the left. How you can add references from the UL-databases and a number of other search engines, is explained in the step-by-step guides you can find in this pdf-file.

Which method you use, two things are the same:

  • Each imported reference gets a unique number - the ID. This number is necessary when making a bibliography or in-text citations.
  • The imported references are put in the 'Last Imported' folder (until new titles are added). From there you can move them to your own folder(s).

Tip:  When you import references from databases or catalogues, always check what has been imported. RefWorks adds the data in the way the database or catalogue sends the reference to the program. RefWorks can't check the references, only a human being knowing the context can do that. For example, it's possible a database writes the title of the article in capitals, or the endpage is missing. If you don't change it, the title won't be correct in bibliography. You can make changes to the references, by clicking the Edit-symbol (the piece of paper with the pencil) next to the reference.