Answered By: Martin Wolf
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2015     Views: 394

If direct export from a database isn't working, you can use the following generic workflow. Specific advice for named databases is also given below.

  1. Save a text file of references in the database you are using. Usually you need to click in a box next to each reference you want to save, then click on something like "marked records", "export", "saved records" - the terms change between databases.
  2. Within RefWorks, click on References > Import.
  3. Use the Import filter/data source and Database drop down menus to select the source and format of the file. Usually you will leave the Import Filter / data source as "University of Liverpool", then simply select the name of the database you used in the Database menu.
  4. Click Browse to navigate to the text file you created in step 1, then double click on that file.
  5. Click Import.

Step 3 above is the most important. Below are some of the most common databases/formats.

For DISCOVER
Save the references in your folder in RIS Format (the default choice). Make sure to save the file, not to open it.

In RefWorks, select University of Liverpool from the Import filter menu and RIS [RIS Format] from the Database menu.

For Scopus
Save your references in RIS Format.

In RefWorks, select University of Liverpool from the Import filter menu and Scopus [RIS Format] from the Database menu.

For Web of Knowledge
Save your references with the option Save to other reference management software.

In RefWorks, select University of Liverpool from the Import filter menu and Web of Knowledge [ISI (Institute of Scientific Information)] from the Database menu.

More information on RefWorks from the Referencing guide.

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