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RefWorks

RefWorks is web-based software for collating references, full-text materials and creating bibliographies. Using RefWorks can help you manage your references more effectively, keep accurate records, and save you time when producing a bibliography for a dissertation, thesis or paper. If you're writing a journal article, RefWorks gives you the flexibility to quickly change the referencing style if required, for example, to meet a particular journal's submission criteria. 

You can collect references from a variety of online sources including Google Scholar, catalogues and many of the Library’s databases and subscriptions, and organise them using personal folders and sub-folders. Alternatively, you can simply upload PDF files of journal papers, etc. and the software will automatically create the bibliographic data. Then, when you are writing up, you can easily insert citations in the text and generate a bibliography in your referencing style of choice.


 

 

Registering to use RefWorks

First time users must register to use RefWorks.

There are currently two versions of the software which we refer to as ‘Legacy’ and ‘New’. Technical support and maintenance for the ‘Legacy’ version is gradually being reduced and is likely to be discontinued by 2020. Users can still elect to use the ‘Legacy’ version if they wish but we recommend that all first time users register to use the ‘New’ version instead. All training workshops currently offered refer to the ‘New’ version.

To register for the ‘New’ version, go to: https://refworks.proquest.com/

  • Click on ‘Create account’
  • Enter your Brunel email address and click on ‘Check’
  • You should then be prompted to create a password
  • An email will then be sent to your account imminently; open the email and click on the activation link
  • Your account will then be ready to use
  • In future, you will be required to sign in with your Brunel email address plus the password you created when registering

To register for the ‘Legacy’ version, go to: https://www.refworks.com/refworks2/

    • Under ‘New to Refworks?’, click on ‘Sign Up for a New Account’
    • Complete the form with an email address of your choice as well as a log in name and password, then click ‘Next’. 
    • Enter the Captcha security code (as a continuous string of characters without any spaces).
    • Click Register. You should receive an email confirming that your new account is ready to use.

Logging in to your RefWorks account

Once you have registered, you can access RefWorks on and off campus. It is advisable to login to e-Library from the Library homepage before you begin any RefWorks session so you can readily access Brunel’s online databases and subscriptions.

If you leave Brunel

When you leave Brunel University, the RefWorks Alumni Programme allows you to continue using RefWorks free of charge whether you have an account or not, as long as the University has a current subscription.

For ‘New’ accounts:

If you already have a Refworks account, you should be able to continue to use your Brunel email address and the password you have created to access your account. You are advised to change your ‘Role’ to ‘Alumnus/Alumna’ under ‘Settings’ (this option can be found by clicking on your name at the top right of the screen).

If you have any difficulty accessing your account or wish to create an account please email the Content Services team as outlined below for ‘Legacy’ accounts.

For ‘Legacy’ accounts:

If you already have a Refworks account: under ‘Update Profile’, change your ‘Type of User’ to ‘Alumni’, and save your profile. You are also advised to update your email address before you leave.

  • Email e-library@brunel.ac.uk to request the group code for Brunel University
         (it will be supplied within one working day)
  • Go to http://www.refworks.com/rwsingle
  • Enter the group code
  • Click Go to Login and enter your RefWorks login name and password
  • Click Login

If you've forgotten your RefWorks login name and password, you can use the login link (top right) and select ‘Forgot Your Login Information?’ to reset it, or you may contact the Content Services team, who should be able to help you.

If you do not have a RefWorks account already, you should also contact the Content Services team and provide your name, student number, the year you graduated. A member of the team will verify your alumni status and reply to you with the group code and (if necessary) how to set up an account.

For more information, please see: RefWorks alumni program FAQ.

Training sessions

The Library runs regular training sessions on RefWorks and related topics as part of the LibSmart and Graduate School training programmes. Subject Liaison Librarians may also deliver training within departments by arrangement. If you are a member of academic staff who would like to arrange customised training for your students, please get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian.

For bookable events, full details of dates, times and locations are available in the Graduate School’s Skills Training and Development programme and for undergraduates in the LibSmart events calendar. When you find a session you would like to attend, book a place online. 

Collecting references

There are several ways of collecting references:

Using Direct Export

Many databases support the direct export of references to RefWorks. Typically, you mark the references you wish to export and then look around for an Export, "Export to RefWorks" or similar option. Sometimes it's necessary to mark the references and display the marked set, in order to see the Export option.

All the following databases support direct export:

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Australian Education Index
  • British Education Index
  • Business Source Premier
  • CINAHL Plus
  • DAAI
  • Emerald
  • ERIC
  • GreenFile
  • Historical Abstracts
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
  • IBSS
  • IEEE/IET Electronic Library
  • International Index to Music Periodicals
  • International Index to Performing Arts
  • JSTOR
  • Lexis Library
  • LISTA
  • Literature Online
  • Medline (*)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Music and Performing Arts Online
  • PsycInfo
  • Scopus
  • SportDiscus
  • Library Search
  • Web of Science

(*) With most databases, it's recommended that you start with RefWorks closed. However, with the two OvidSP databases (AMED and Medline), you need to start with RefWorks already open.

In addition to ScienceDirect, you can use direct export with several other full text collections, e.g. Oxford Journals, Project Muse and PsycArticles. However, it's usually better to collect references from abstracting databases. For example, try using Scopus rather than ScienceDirect and Oxford Journals; and use MLA rather than Project Muse.

Importing or copying from a text file

Importing or copying from a text file works for those databases which do not support direct exporting. Databases where this is relevant are:

  • ACM Digital Library
  • Cochrane (*)
  • Lecture Notes in Computer Science
  • Lecture Notes in Mathematics
  • SAE Technical Papers (*)
  • Social Care Online (*)
  • Springer Protocols
  • Zetoc (*)

(*) With Cochrane, SAE Technical Papers, Social Care Online and Zetoc, multiple references can be imported at the same time. With the other databases, you can only import one reference at a time.

Importing or copying from a text file starts out just like direct exporting - you mark the references you wish to import then click on 'Download', or 'Export', or a similar option. But then there are additional steps which will involve using the import filter within RefWorks. For step by step procedures for each of these databases, please see RefWorks by database.

Importing from catalogues

To collect book references, you need to use catalogues. RefWorks enables easy importing of references from the Brunel Library catalogue, the British Library and hundreds of other catalogues.

  1. Start with RefWorks already open 
  2. Link to <Search/ "Online Catalog or Database"> from the menu bar
  3. Use the drop-down menu to select a catalogue, e.g. Brunel University or British Library (which are both near the top of the list)
  4. Perform a search
  5. Mark the references you wish to import into RefWorks
  6. Use the "Import to Folder" drop-down menu to put the selected references into which ever folder you want
  7. Link to the <OK> button
  8. Link to <View Last Imported Folder>

The same approach will also work for the PubMed database, which is listed at the top, above the catalogues.

RSS feeds

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS feeds enable you to collect new references whenever a database is updated. Not all databases support RSS feeds, which are compatible with RefWorks, but there are some significant databases which do: 

  • Ebscohost databases (registration required): Academic Search Complete, Business Source Premier, CINAHL, GreenFile, Historical Abs, LISTA, MLA, PsycInfo and SportDiscus
  • Institute of Physics (e-journals collection)
  • Scopus

Typically, to create an RSS feed, you login to the database (registering first if required), perform a search, link to the RSS feed icon, and then copy the URL which appears into RefWorks. The procedure for creating an RSS feed with Scopus is as follows.

  1. Start with RefWorks already open
  2. Open Scopus
  3. Perform a search
  4. Link to the orange <Set feed> icon (in the centre of the screen, near the top)
  5. Link to the <Continue> button
  6. Copy the URL which appears. Right mouse click on the URL, and link to <Copy Shortcut>
  7. Open the RefWorks window
  8. Link to <Search/ RSS Feed>
  9. Paste the URL into the “RSS Feed URL” box
  10. Link to <Add RSS Feed>
  11. Link to the <OK> button to retrieve the RSS feed

The procedure for Ebscohost databases is similar, but you need to login to Ebscohost.

Adding references manually

A few databases are unfortunately incompatible with RefWorks, e.g. British Standards Online, Index to Theses and Westlaw.

If you are unable to find a journal article in one of the Library's databases, you can use Google Scholar to import the reference into RefWorks. For a step by step procedure of importing via Google Scholar, please see RefWorks by database.

It's recommended that you manually add references for other types of documents, e.g. theses, standards and patents. To do this:

  1. Start with RefWorks already open
  2. Link to the <New Reference> button in the centre near the top of the screen
  3. Select reference style, folder and type of document from the drop-down menus
  4. Enter data for appropriate fields into the boxes provided
  5. Link to the <Save Reference> button

For standards, you should select Report as the type of document, and enter the BS number in the title field (in front of the title itself).

If you don't specify the folder, a reference created in this way will be transferred into a folder called "Not in a Folder".

 

Organising References

When you have collected lots of references, it's convenient to organise them in folders. You will probably also want to move references from one folder to another, eliminate duplicates, search amongst your references, and possibly share your references with colleagues.

 

Folder and subfolders

You can organise your RefWorks references by putting them in folders and subfolders. To create a folder:

  1. Link to the <New Folder> button, near the top left corner of the screen
  2. Enter a name for the new folder
  3. Link to the <Create> button

You will then see a list of your folders on the right-hand side of the screen under the green "Folders" banner. If you right-click on one of your folders, several options are presented. These include:

  • Creating a subfolder
  • Renaming the folder
  • Clearing the references out of the folder
  • Deleting the folder

If you clear the references out of a folder, they are transferred into a "Not in Folder" folder.

Moving references between folders

Sometimes when you collect references, you don't have an option to put them directly into a particular folder and by default they go into the "Last Imported" folder. When this happens, you will want to move them into the relevant folder as soon as possible. The new version of RefWorks (RefWorks 2.0) makes this easy.

  1. Start with the "References" tab displayed
  2. Check that the "Last Imported" folder is displayed
  3. Mark the references you wish to move
  4. Note that the "Selected" radio button is highlighted
  5. Link to the relevant folder in the folders drop-down menu

If you want to temporarily work on a group of references from different folders, you might find it convenient to move them into the "My List" folder, which appears at the top of the folders drop down menu.

Eliminating duplicate references

Sometimes when you collect references, you don't have an option to put them directly into a particular folder and by default they go into the "Last Imported" folder. When this happens, you will want to move them into the relevant folder as soon as possible. The new version of RefWorks (RefWorks 2.0) makes this easy.

  1. Start with the "References" tab displayed
  2. Check that the "Last Imported" folder is displayed
  3. Mark the references you wish to move
  4. Note that the "Selected" radio button is highlighted
  5. Link to the relevant folder in the folders drop-down menu

If you want to temporarily work on a group of references from different folders, you might find it convenient to move them into the "My List" folder, which appears at the top of the folders drop down menu.

Searching for references

The search features within RefWorks become very useful, if you collect hundreds of references. You can do simple and advanced searches and there are also three browse options (author, descriptor and journal). There is a simple search box in the top right-hand corner of the screen. The advanced search and the browse options are available from the "Search" drop-down menu.

Editing records

You might want to add your own index word(s) to a record to help you find it more easily, or you could want to add a personal note. To edit a record:

  1. Display the record
  2. Link to the <Pencil icon> at the far end of the reference bar
  3. Edit the record as required, e.g. add your own index words in the descriptors field
  4. Link to the <Save Reference> button

Sharing references

You might want to share your references with colleagues in a research group. There are two options for doing this.

One option is to create a new RefWorks account and then give the login name and password to research group members. This way all members of the research group can view the references, add new references and edit references. If you are doing this, it's recommended that you create a separate RefWorks account, rather than share the details of your personal account. All research group members should be based at Brunel.

A second option is to use RefShare to share selected folders. This way other research group members can view the references in the folders you have opened up, but they cannot edit them or add new references. Using this option, the other research group members don't need to be based at Brunel.

  1. By default, the "References" tab is displayed
  2. Link to the adjacent "Organize & Share Folders" tab
  3. Link to the <folder with green arrow icon> corresponding to the folder you wish to share
  4. Link to the <Share> button
  5. Link to the <Save> button
  6. Right click on the <folder with RefShare icon>
  7. Link to <Email this share>
  8. Enter e-mail addresses of recipient(s)
  9. Link to the <Send Email> button

Creating Bibliographies

Write-N-Cite is an plug-in utility program for Microsoft Word that enables you to insert your RefWorks references into a Word document and create bibliographies. It's already installed on Brunel’s networked PCs, and you can download and install the Write-N-Cite add-on on your own PC or laptop to use it elsewhere. With Write-N-Cite, you can insert citations in your document as you write, and when you are ready, create the bibliography. The Output Style Manager enables you to select your preferred referencing styles (eg Harvard). Some of the referencing styles support footnotes.

Downloading Write and Cite

If you intend to switch between using Write-N-Cite on your own PC or laptop and a Brunel networked PC, we advise you to download version III from RefWorks via the Tools menu to avoid compatibility issues. However, please be aware that version III of the RefWorks Write-N-Cite software is incompatible with the Kaspersky anti-virus software. If you use Kaspersky you will either have to deactivate the anti-virus software whilst using RefWorks or download the most recent version (referred to as version 4) of Write-N-Cite which is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. 

Write-n-Cite version 4 works differently from version III (although the principles are exactly the same) and sits within the Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010 ribbons rather than being a separate piece of software. You should not encounter any problems with Windows versions of Word, but issues have been reported when using the .docx format of Word on Macs, in which case you may save your document in .doc format.
To download Write-N-Cite onto your PC, laptop or Mac:

  1. Login to RefWorks.
  2. Click <Tools/Write-N-Cite> in the menu bar. A new window will open.
  3. Click 'Previous Windows Versions' and then 'Write-N-Cite III for Word' to download version III, or 'Write-N-Cite for Word (32 bit)' to download the most recent version.
  4. Click <Save> when prompted.
  5. Follow the Wizard instructions to install Write-N-Cite.

Opening Write and Cite

You only need to download the Write-N-Cite utility program once.

Login to version III of Write-N-Cite as follows:

  1. Click on the Write-N-Cite icon saved to your desktop or search for it in your programs/files.
  2. Enter the Brunel University group code, as necessary (if you do not know the group code, please email e-library@brunel.ac.uk to request it. It will be supplied within one working day).
  3. Enter your RefWorks login name and password when prompted.

Login to version 4 of Write-N-Cite as follows:

  1. Open your Word document.
  2. Click on the RefWorks tab in the Ribbon (menu bar).
  3. Click <Login> and enter your RefWorks credentials (Brunel group code, login name and password)

Once you have opened your Word document start inserting citations as follows (using version III):

  1. Position the cursor, where you want to insert a citation
  2. Change to <Write-N-Cite> on the task bar
  3. Use the View drop-down menu to open a folder
  4. Click <Cite> next to the reference to be cited
  5. Insert other citations, swapping between Word and Write-N-Cite as required

If you want to produce a direct citation, where the reader is directed to a particular page, eg (Brown, 1997 p.45), you can either edit the citation when your document is completed or use the edit citation feature. After completing steps 1-5 above continue as follows:

  1. Click on <Edit citation> in the top right corner of the screen
  2. In the Specific Page box, enter /f p.nn, or, /f: nn (as appropriate to the version of Harvard you are using)
  3. Click on the <Save to Word> button

For instructions on how to login and insert citations using version 4 see the following 'Quick Start Guide' (released in January 2013): http://tinyurl.com/bnwtm3v

Creating a bibliography

You can create a bibliography for your document, choosing from many different referencing styles, including Harvard, APA, IEEE, MLA and OSCOLA.

  1. Insert citations into your document (as above)
  2. From the Write-N-Cite menu bar, click <Bibliography>
  3. Select your required referencing style, using the Output Style drop-down menu
  4. Click <Create Bibliography>
  5. Your document will be updated, with both citations and bibliography in the requested referencing style

Output style manager

The Output Style Manager enables you to select or deselect the referencing styles that you want to use within Write-N-Cite. You should find that Harvard, APA, MLA and OSCOLA are already included amongst your favourites, but perhaps there will be another style that you want to add. The “Output Style Manager” can be accessed within RefWorks using the Tools drop-down menu.

  1. Start with RefWorks already open
  2. Click Output Style Manager, on the right-hand side of the screen under the green Quick Access banner
  3. Highlight an additional style, eg IEEE
  4. Click the green arrow to 'Add to favourites'

If using Harvard, unless you are advised otherwise by your tutor or handbook, use the Harvard (Brunel University) style, which inserts brackets around dates in references and provides in text citations with the following features:

  • Comma between the author(s) and year, eg (Rose, 2007)
  • Ampersand not a comma as the separator between two authors, eg (Dawes & Rowley, 1998)
  • Semi-colon not a comma as the separator between multiple adjacent citations, eg (Dawes & Rowley, 1998; Rose, 2007)

If Harvard (Brunel University) is not already amongst your referencing style favourites, you will need to add it using the Output Style Manager.

Footnotes

Several of the referencing styles in RefWorks support footnotes including:

  • Chicago 16th Edition (Notes and Bibliography)
  • MHRA-Modern Humanities Research Association (Notes and Bibliography)
  • MLA 7th Edition
  • OSCOLA 4th Edition
  • Turabian 7th Edition (Notes)

Having opened Write-N-Cite and Word

  1. Position the cursor in your Word document, where you want to insert a citation
  2. Create a footnote by selecting the <References> tab and then click <Insert Footnote>
  3. Change to <Write-N-Cite> on the task bar
  4. Use the View drop-down menu to open a folder
  5. Click <Cite> next to the reference to be cited
  6. When you create the bibliography, RefWorks will insert the reference into the footnote in the correct format

If appropriate for the referencing style, RefWorks will also create a bibliography at the end of the document, in addition to the footnotes.

Creating a bibliography from a list of references

It's possible to create a bibliography from a list of references, in a specific folder or all your references. For example, an academic might find this feature useful for a reading list.

  1. Start with RefWorks already open
  2. Click <Create Bibliography>
  3. Select the Output Style using the drop-down menu, eg Harvard (Brunel University)
  4. Select <Word for Windows> from the File Type drop-down menu
  5. Select all references or references from a particular folder
  6. Click <Create Bibliography>
  7. Save the file in Word.

 

RefWorks by database

Databases with the same interface usually share the same procedures for collecting references. In such cases, the databases are grouped together by platform, e.g. EBSCOhost, OvidSP and ProQuest. Otherwise the databases are listed individually.

ACM Digital Library (only one record can be exported at a time)

1.     Click on the title of a single record that you wish to import into RefWorks
2.     Select <BibTex> on the right of the screen, under "Tools and Resources"
3.     A separate window will appear; scroll to the bottom, and click <Download>
4.     Save the reference as a .bib file to the desk top
5.     In Refworks select References/Import from the menu bar
6.     Select Brunel University as the "Import filter/data source"
7.   Select "ACM Digital Library [BibTex format]" as the database
8.     Click the Browse button to navigate to your saved file
9.     Specify the folder using the "Import into Folder" drop-down menu and click import

Cochrane

1.     Mark the references you wish to export to RefWorks and select <Export Selected Citations>
2.     Click on the <Export Citation> button
3.     When presented with a “File Download” box, cli
ck on <Save> as a .txt file to the desktop
4.     In the RefWorks window select References/Import in the menu bar
5.     Select Brunel University as the "Import filter/data source"
6.   Select “Cochrane” as the database
7.     Click the Browse button to navigate to your saved file
8.     Specify the folder using the "Import into Folder" drop-down menu and click import

EBSCOhost: Academic Search Complete, British Education Index, Business Source Premier, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, CINAHL Plus, Education Abstracts, Educational Administration Abstracts, ERIC, European Views of the Americas:1493 to 1750, GreenFile, Historical Abstracts with Full Text, LISTA, MEDLINE, PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, Regional Business News, SocINDEX with Full Text, SportDiscus with Full Text, Teacher Reference Center and MathSciNet

Click on the blue folder icon for each reference that you want to export

  • When you are ready click on the gold folder icon in the top right of the screen, or alternatively click on <Folder View> which appears in the panel on the far right
  • Click on the <Export> icon (with the green arrow) on the far right
  • The radio button should already be populated for <Direct export to RefWorks>
  • Click on the <Save> button and then click on ether the 'New' (blue) or 'Legacy' (orange) option depending on which version of RefWorks you are using

Emerald

  • Select <View all Results>
  • Mark the records you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on the <Go> button, adjacent to the "Add to the marked list" and the session drop-down box
  • Click on <Marked Lists> on the left-hand side of the screen
  • Click on <Select all> to mark the records again
  • Click on <Export options>
  • Click on <Export to RefWorks>

Google Scholar (only one record can be exported at a time)

  • Perform a search
  • Click on <Cite> below a specific reference
  • Click on <Import into RefWorks>

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

  • Mark the references you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on <Marked List> on the left-hand side of the screen
  • Click on <Download>
  • Click on <Export directly to RefWorks>

IEEE/IET Electronic Library

  • Mark the references you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on the <Download Citations> icon at the top of your search list
  • Click on the <RefWorks> radio button
  • Click on the <Download Citations> button

JSTOR

  • Mark the records you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on <Export> next to the heading <Citation Tools>
  • Click on <RefWorks> 

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (only one record can be exported at a time)

  • Open the record that you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on <Export citations> on the right of the screen
  • Select <RefWorks> from the drop-down download options
  • When presented with a file download box, click on <OK> or <Save> depending on your browser options
  • Click on your RefWorks window
  • Click on References/Import from the menu bar
  • Select "RIS Format" as the “Import filter/data source”
  • Select “RIS Format” as the database
  • Use the Browse button to navigate to the saved file in your recent downloads or your desk top
  • Specify folder using the "Import into Folder" drop-down menu
  • Click on the <Import> button

Lecture Notes in Mathematics (only one record can be imported at a time)

  • Open the record that you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on <Export citations> on the right of the screen
  • Select <RefWorks> from the drop-down download options
  • When presented with a file download box, click on <OK> or <Save> depending on your browser options
  • Click on your RefWorks window
  • Click on References/Import from the menu bar
  • Select "RIS Format" as the “Import filter/data source”
  • Select “RIS Format” as the database
  • Use the Browse button to navigate to the saved file in your recent downloads or your desk top
  • Specify folder using the "Import into Folder" drop-down menu
  • Click on the <Import> button

Lexis Library

  • Click on 'My Settings' in the tool bar
  • Click on 'Search and Results'; click the radio button for 'Classic results format' and then the 'Save' button
  • After running a search mark the records you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on the open book icon (Export Bibliographic References), above the references on the right-hand side of the screen
  • Click on the <Export> button

Literature Online

  • Mark the records you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on <Selected Items> at the top of the screen
  • Click on the specific category where you have marked your records
  • Click on <Export/Save> 
  • Click on the link <Export directly to RefWorks>

OvidSP databases: Medline

  • Mark the references you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on <Export> on the right of the screen
  • Select RefWorks from the "Export to" drop-down menu
  • Click on the <Export Citations> button

ProQuest databases: British Periodicals, COS Papers Invited, DAAI, Film Index International, Music Periodicals Database, Performing Arts Periodicals Database, Screen Studies Collection and The Vogue Archive

  • Check the boxes next to the references you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on <Save> and select <RefWorks> from the drop-down menu
  • Click on the <Continue> button which appears in the new window
  • Click on ether the 'New' (blue) or 'Legacy' (orange) option depending on which version of RefWorks you are using

PubMed (search this database from within RefWorks itself)

  • Log in to your RefWorks account
  • Click on <Search/Online Catalog or Database> in the RefWorks menu bar
  • Select PubMed from the <Search> drop-down menu; it's at the top of the list.
  • Perform a search
  • Mark the references you wish to import into RefWorks
  • Use the <Import to Folder> drop-down menu to insert the selected references into your chosen folder
  • Click on the <OK> button
  • Click on <View Last Imported Folder>

SAE Technical Papers

Mark the references you wish to export to RefWorks

  • Click on <Export>
  • Click on the <Select> button next to 'RefWorks'
  • When presented with a 'File Download' box, click on <OK> or <Save> depending on your browser options
  • Click on your RefWorks window
  • Click on References/Import in the menu bar
  • Select 'Brunel University' as the 'Import filter/data source'
  • Select 'RePEc/SAE Technical Papers [RIS Format]' as the database
  • Click on the Browse button to navigate to the saved file in your recent downloads or desk top
  • Specify the folder using the "Import into Folder" drop-down menu and click on <Import>

Science Direct

  • Mark the references you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on <Export Citations>
  • Check the <RefWorks Direct Export> radio button
  • Click on the <Export> button

Scopus

  • Mark the references you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on <Export> at the top of the search results
  • Under Default reference manager or file type, select <RefWorks direct export> from the menu
  • Click on the <Export> button

If the direct export of references from Scopus to RefWorks is not working please follow these steps:

  1. Mark the references you wish to export to RefWorks
  2. Click on <Export> at the top of the search results
  3. Under Default reference manager or file type, select <RIS Format> from the menu
  4. Click on the <Export> button
  5. Save the RIS file to your computer desktop (or similar location)
  6. Login to Refworks
  7. Click on References/Import from the menu bar
  8. Select "RIS Format" as the “Import filter/data source”
  9. Select “Scopus” as the database
  10. Use the Browse button to navigate to the saved file in your recent downloads or your desk top
  11. Specify folder using the "Import into Folder" drop-down menu
  12. Click on the <Import> button

Springer Protocols (only one record can be imported at a time)

  • Open the record that you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on <Export citations> on the right of the screen
  • Select <RefWorks> from the drop-down download options
  • When presented with a file download box, click on <OK> or <Save> depending on your browser options
  • Click on your RefWorks window
  • Click on References/Import from the menu bar
  • Select 'Brunel University' as the 'Import filter/data source'
  • Select 'SpringerLink - RefWorks tagged format' as the database
  • Use the Browse button to navigate to the saved file in your recent downloads or desk top
  • Specify folder using the "Import into Folder" drop-down menu
  • Click on the <Import> button

Taylor and Francis Journals

Click on the reference you wish to export to RefWorks

  • Click on <Download citation> positioned just below the author and publication date info
  • Click the radio button for <RefWorks Direct Export>
  • Select the radio button (as appropriate) to add the abstract or the item's own references
  • Click on 'Download citations'
  • Click on ether the 'New' (blue) or 'Legacy' (orange) option depending on which version of RefWorks you are using

Web of Science

  • Mark the references you wish to export to RefWorks
  • Click on the <Save to RefWorks> button
  • You may need to enable a pop-up - follow the instructions in the alert at the top of the window and then do the export again, or ensure that *.webofknowledge.com is added as a site to your pop-up settings (see http://libanswers.brunel.ac.uk/a.php?qid=707426)

Zetoc

  • Mark the references you wish to import to RefWorks
  • Click on the <Download> button on the far right
  • Change the format from 'Long labels' to 'Short labels'
  • Click on <Send file>
  • Open the file (there is no specific need to save it)
  • 'Copy' the entire text 
  • Click on your RefWorks window
  • Click on References/Import from the menu bar
  • Select 'Brunel University' as the 'Import filter/data source'
  • Select 'ZETOC [MIMAS] as the database
  • Click on 'From Text' and then paste the text you copied previously in to the box provided
  • Specify the folder using the 'Import Into Folder' drop-down menu and click on <Import>
  • Note that not all data (such as the abstract) will import across so you will need to copy and paste the abstract after the initial import