RefWorks and the Library

What is RefWorks?

  • Web-based tool to manage all of your research references
  • Instantly creates and formats bibliographies for you
  • A personal database you can organize by folders and share with others

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How do I Get to RefWorks?

  • From the UC San Diego Library's homepage, under the "Research Tools" tab, click on "Databases A-Z," click on R and scroll down to "RefWorks"
  • Or start directly from the RefWorks homepage  http://www.refworks.com/refworks
  • Sign up for individual account
  • If off campus, be sure to first set up the proxy or vpn
  • You can also get to RefWorks from within various databases but not all

Overview of RefWorks Functions


  • References: Add New (manually), Import (text files or from EndNote)
  • View: Folder(s), All References, RefWorks Shared Area
  • Search: search your RefWorks account, or search databases/catalogs from within RefWorks (not as many search features as searching the original database)
  • Bibliography: Select Output Style, Format an Existing Word Document, Format (and Create) a Bibliography from references in your RefWorks account/folders
  • Tools: Write-N-Cite download & instructions, Ref Grabit
  • Help: links to the tutorial and help manual

Using RefWorks with Databases and Catalogs

  • Within your RefWorks account, click the "UC-eLinks" button to get the full text of a journal article online or see if the UC San Diego Library owns the item in print
  • Export vs. Import
    • Export is when you are within a specific database that has the ability to send references directly into RefWorks with one or two clicks (you'll see the RefWorks graphic)
      1. You can send references individually into RefWorks by clicking on the "UC-eLinks" button and then clicking "Download Record into RefWorks Direct Export Tool"
      2. Or, you can Export by marking the check boxes for several items, or selecting all, and then clicking on the "RefWorks" button
    • Import is when a database like Roger (UC San Diego catalog) doesn't let you directly export references. Instead, you have to save your references as a text file on your computer and then go into RefWorks and Import the text files/references into your account
  • Key Import Filters (in RefWorks) that you'll use with specific databases:
    • Roger (UC San Diego Catalog) - Innovative Interfaces(EndNote/RefWorks), Import Filter/Data source and EndNote/RefWorks Database
    • PubMed - NLM PubMed, Import Filter/Data Source and PubMed Database
  • For additional information and specific Import/Export Instructions see RefWorks & EndNote Support

Need Help or More Info?

RefWorks & EndNote Support