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Citation Guide: Export References from RefWorks

Export References from RefWorks

Short instructions:

Create an RIS file of your references in RefWorks Share – Export. Save the file on your computer. Import RIS file into your other reference management software. Export one folder at a time to keep your old folder structure. Attachments like fulltexts are not exported, download those you want to keep on your computer.

About exporting your references from RefWorks see e.g. University of Alberta guide https://guides.library.ualberta.ca/reference-management-software/home (note! Legacy RefWorks: change file type .txt ->.ris).

Simple Way

Install reference management software like e.g. Zotero or Mendeley from their pages (your own computer) and create account, if needed.

Open both RefWorks and Zotero (or Mendeley) accounts.
1. RefWorks: choose a folder, Share – Export references – RIS Format and Export  
2. Next Opening export.ris window: Open with Zotero
3. Small Import File window appeared in Zotero: Import into new collection, if you want to create a new collection (and rename it afterwards) or take the tick away, if you have already created and opened an empty collection for these references

Export one folder at a time to keep your old folder structure. Attachments like fulltexts are not exported, download those you want to keep on your computer.

Links and Tips

Most reference management programs include downloadable desktop version, browser version and perhaps also mobile app.

Zotero

Zotero 5.0 is a free of charge program that anyone can download on their computer. Zotero Connector is a browser extension allowing you to save content to Zotero.

Your own computer: download Zotero desktop at https://www.zotero.org/download/

More info on Zotero website.

Zotero support pages
Zotero Quick Start Guide

Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager that can help you organize your research and collaborate with others online. Web Importer is a browser extension allowing you to save content to Mendeley.

Your own computer:

More info on Mendeley website.

Mendeley LibGuide (Elsevier)
Mendeley Help Guides