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Citation Manager: RefWorks

Creating an account

An institutional account is available to anyone at Seattle University and includes: 

  • 10GB of document storage
  • unlimited sharing inside and outside Seattle U
  • easy Seattle U-wide sharing, phone and email tech support 
  • training resources  

To create a RefWorks account: 

  1. Go to http://refworks.proquest.com and click the "create account" link
  2. Fill in your information making sure to use your SU email address (you can't sign up with @yahoo.com, @gmail.com, etc.)

Once you activate your account (you'll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process), you'll get access immediately and can get started managing your documents.

To migrate legacy RefWorks to new RefWOrks

To migrate legacy RefWorks to New RefWorks:

  1.  Create a new account. Go to http://refworks.proquest.com and click the "sign up" link
  2. When you receive the follow-up email from RefWorks, look for the following section: How do I import citations from my old reference manager?
  3. Click on the import your references directly link in that section, and follow the instructions provided to import your references from your legacy RefWorks account into your new RefWorks account
  4. Your references, file attachments, folders, and custom output styles will automatically be moved into your new RefWorks account.  Shared folders will need to be re-shared in the new RefWorks.

Getting your Existing References into RefWorks

If you are already using a citation manager, you may want to import your existing citation information into RefWorks. To get your existing references into the New RefWorks, look up your current reference manager below and follow the steps described.

RefWorks

RefWorks users have 2 options for moving existing references into the New RefWorks.

  1. When you log into the old RefWorks account you will see an option to “Move to the newest version of RefWorks”.

     
  2.  Or you can bring your old RefWorks data into the New RefWorks from within your New RefWorks account via Import references

ReadCube
  1. From the library view select the article or articles and right click to bring up Export Options.
  2. Select Export to RefMan (RIS) file and save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon , then select Import References
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 
 
EndNote
  1. You can easily import your EndNote into your RefWorks account:In EndNote, go to Edit > Output Styles > Open Style Manager
  2. Check “RefMan (RIS) Export”.
  3. In your EndNote library, select the references you would like to export.
  4. Go to File > Export and save the file, making sure the output styles field is set to “RefMan (RIS) Export”.
  5. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon , then select Import References
  6. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 
 
Mendeley

​You can automatically import your Mendeley database in just a few clicks from within your RefWorks account.  Read more here.
 
You can also manually move your Mendeley database.  Here’s how:
  1. From Mendeley Desktop, select record(s) and right click. Select Export, Research Information Systems (*ris).
  2. A dialog box appears for you to select the location where you want to save the file. Type a file name and select a location to save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon , then select Import References
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 
 
Zotero
  1. Select references. 
  2. Right-click and choose Export Selected Items. Choose RIS. Save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon , then select Import References
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 
 
Papers
  1. In your Papers library, highlight the references you want to export.
  2. Under the File menu, choose 'Export...' and choose the Refman RIS option. Save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon , then select Import References
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 

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