RefWorks Exporting and Importing Instructions

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


  1. Search for the desired item. Open the full record of item.
  2. On the right side of the screen in the mint colored box, click on the "Download citation" link.
  3. A new screen displaying your citation appears. Select RIS as the format in which to download the citation.
  4. A new window opens prompting you to find, save, or cancel. Save the download to a local directory; the file will save as an RIS (.ris) document.
  5. Log in to Refworks. Under the Import action, select RIS format as both the Import/filter line and the Database line. Browse for the appropriate, attach it, then hit the Import button. The item is imported.