How do I get references or citations from the databases into RefWorks?


There are several ways to get your references into RefWorks.

Here are a few:

  • Importing directly from certain online database services that have a link to RefWorks from within their databases
  • Importing text files containing references from online database services
  • Manually entering references

Check out the Importing Data page on the Library's Research Guide on RefWorks.

Direct Import:
RefWorks has a "direct import" feature within several online database 
service providers including:
ABC-CLIO, CSA, EBSCOHost, EI Engineering Village2, NISC,
BiblioLine, OCLC First Search, Ovid, Project Muse, ProQuest, SFX
And more are being added all the time!
For more information on directly importing references into RefWorks, check out this tutorial. (text version)
Importing Text Files:
Most databases that do not support direct import into RefWorks will allow you to download a text file of a citation that can then be uploaded to RefWorks. 
For more information on importing text files, check out this tutorial. (text version)
Manually Entering References:
If you are unable to import your reference by either ot the above methods, you can always enter your citation manually. 
For more information on manually entering references, check out this tutorial. (text version)
If you need further assistance, please contact the Research & Instruction Desk at 747-5643.


  • Last Updated Sep 22, 2023
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