Note to all RefWorks users: our subscription to RefWorks will end on June 30, 2014. All users should move their data from RefWorks to another bibliographic management tool by that date or risk losing all their RefWorks data. The Libraries are supporting a bibliographic management tool named Zotero; see the announcement on our news page and our set of introductory web pages on Zotero

For the majority of commonly used databases, it is very easy to get references from selected records transferred into your RefWorks account through a process called Direct Export.The exact terminology for this will vary from one database system to another, but in general terms the process is:

  1. Identify and mark/select those items you want to add to your RefWorks account.
  2. Look for some kind of link for Exporting records, specifically for doing a Direct Export to RefWorks.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions. If you are already logged into RefWorks, the records will automatically be added to RefWorks’ “Last Imported” folder. If you’re not logged in, the login screen will appear; after you login, the records should then be imported automatically.

A note about ALICE

The only way to do Direct Export from ALICE is one record at a time. When viewing a full record for an item in ALICE, click on this button in the right sidebar: Send to RefWorks button . This should initiate the Direct Export process, as described above.

Database systems that work with Direct Export

A large number of database systems permit Direct Export of citations into RefWorks. (OhioLINK “Osearch” databases also permit Direct Export, but are not on this list.) If you need help with this process, or if you are using a database (such as PubMed or ISI Web of Knowledge) that does not provide Direct Export to RefWorks, don’t hesitate to Ask a Librarian.