RefWorks Exporting and Importing Instructions

Step-by-step instructions for getting citations out of library databases and into RefWorks


  1. Search for desired item. Select article by checking the box next to each item.
  2. To export, click on the "Download to Citation manager" link.
  3. On the new screen, select what information you want to include when you export (Citation for the article, Reference for the article, etc) then hit the Download article citation data button.
  4. A new window appears prompting you to find, save, or cancel. Save the file as an .ris document to a local directory.
  5. Log in to RefWorks if you haven't already done so.
  6. Select RIS Format as the Input source and as the database. Browse for the appropriate file, attach it, and hit the Import button. The citation will be imported.