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This web-based citation management system will save you time. Use this guide to learn how!

How to Add References

You can easily export article information into RefWorks from an EBSCO database such as Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, and many more.

  1. Perform a search.
  2. From the results list, Select the title of your chosen resource. The full record will open.
  3. On the right side under Tools, Select the Export icon.Step 3 of instructions
  4. Select Direct Export to Refworks in the list of options that appears. Then select Save. Step 4
  5. Select Export to the new RefWorks. If you aren't already signed into your RefWorks account, it will have you sign-in. Step 5
  6. Select OK on the Import complete screen. All imported documents will appear in the Last Imported area of Refworks. Step 6

Exporting references into RefWorks from the Electronic Journal Center (EJC) is a little different from EBSCO databases, but still easy to do.

  1. Perform a Search.
  2. In your results list, select the article you want to export by selecting the title.
  3. Then on the next screen, select Export Citation under Tools menu on the right side. Select Export Citation and Ok
  4. pop-up window will appear. Select OK to download and save an RIS file to your computer.
  5. Sign into RefWorks. Then, select the Add icon on the top tools bar and select Import references. Sign-in to RefWorks & select Add, then Import references
  6. On the next page, you can drag and drop or select the RIS file you previously downloaded from your downloads folder (or wherever you saved your RIS file). Add RIS file and select OhioLINK file format
  7. After you upload your file, a pop-up window will appear. In the drop down menu, select OhioLINK, then Import.
  8. Select OK on the Import complete page. All imported documents will appear in the Last Imported area of RefWorks. Select Ok on the Import complete screen

You can easily add documents from your computer into RefWorks in two ways: Upload or Drag and Drop.

To Upload one or more documents into RefWorks:

  1. Select the Add icon on the top tools bar, then select the Upload document from the drop-down options and select a file from your computer. 
  2. RefWorks will begin uploading the file and extracting any metadata.
  3. Once the document has been analyzed and uploaded, you can then select the reference and add or edit the citation information. 

Using the Drag and Drop option:

Tip: If you want to add your documents to a specific folder, make sure you're viewing that folder first.

  1. Drag and upload screenshotSlightly minimize your Refworks screen and select the document(s) you want to bring into RefWorks
    • ​​Note: If you're dragging multiple files, RefWorks will create a separate reference for each document. 
  2. Drag the documents into the main viewing area.
  3. Your document(s) will be analyzed and uploaded. Once complete you can then add or edit the citation information.

Note: You will mostly likely have to edit the citation information for any files that you upload or drag and drop. While RefWorks does its best to analyze and obtain the correct citation information, it is not always accurate.

  1. In RefWorks, select the Add icon at the top of the page, then select the Create new reference from the drop-down menu. 
  2. In the pop-up that appears, enter data describing your reference.
    • Make sure to first select the correct type of reference (Journal Article, book, webpage, etc.) using the Ref Type field. 
    • Tip: Enter the title of your reference, then select the lightening bolt icon to the right  of the Title field. A search will be performed for your reference so you can import the citation information rather than type it out.
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