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.
The options are:
You can find more information about these options in the boxes below. How you can add references from a particular database or search engine, is explained in the step-by-step guides you can find on this page.
Which method you use, two things are the same:
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. If you don't change the reference, the title won't be correct in your bibliography.
Some databases have the possibility of exporting titles directly to RefWorks, usually by marking the titles and selecting the option RefWorks. RefWorks calls this the Direct Export function. The steps you have to take in a specific database can be found in on this page. Please note that it might be necessary to turn on a VPN connection (such as EduVPN) when working off-campus to make Direct export work properly.
An example of Direct export: Google Scholar
In Google Scholar, it's possible to import titles into RefWorks. Records are imported one at a time. You have to activate the option to export to RefWorks in Google Scholar before you start searching:
When you perform a search in Google Scholar, you will see the option Import into RefWorks under the titles. With this link you can import the titles one by one.
Please note: in the export from Google Scholar the DOI is always missing! This Digital Object Identifier is a required field in many output styles. You have to add this information to the reference yourself.
There are databases and catalogues without a direct export option. It's possible to add references from these databases to RefWorks with the Import option. You first save the titles and then you upload that file in RefWorks.
In general, this works as follows:
In ProQuest RefWorks you can upload a PDF-document - RefWorks will 'read' this document and extract the information needed, like the author(s), title, volume, issue, DOI, etc.
ProQuest RefWorks will upload the file(s) and extract the metadata from the pdf-document(s). This can take some time. Make sure you check the information extracted!
The Save to RefWorks browser button is only available for ProQuest RefWorks. You can add this button to your browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox):
When you visit a webpage with information you would like to export to RefWorks, for example a book on Amazon or an article on the website of the publisher, you can click the Save to RefWorks button. A RefWorks bar will open on the right side of the screen, with the metadata RefWorks have found and recognized on the page. You can add missing metadata. In some cases RefWorks will try to save to full-text as well. Click Save to RefWorks at the bottom of the bar to add the information to your RefWorks database.
Sometimes, you can add references only manually, for example, titles you've found in the bibliography of a book.
Manually entering references into ProQuest RefWorks works as follows:
Do you want to manually enter journal articles? When you enter the title of the article or the DOI, you can use the 'lightning bolt' button to retrieve the rest of the metadata. After clicking the button you get a list of options. Select the one you are looking for, edit the metadata when necessary and click Save at the top of the window.