How do I export references from PubMed into RefWorks?

Answered By: Richard Fallis
Last Updated: May 28, 2019     Views: 397

Please note: the Library will be cancelling its RefWorks subscription at the end of December 2020. RefWorks users should switch to using another reference management tool such as EndNote or Mendeley.

There are 2 methods of exporting references from PubMed into RefWorks. 

(1) Exporting from PubMed itself

On the PubMed results page, tick the references you wish to send to RefWorks. Then click Send to and select Citation Manager. Click Create File and a file called Citations.nbib will be created and saved on your PC/laptop, probably in the Downloads folder.

Open RefWorks, and click References, then Import. Choose NLM PubMed as the Import Filter/Data Source, and choose PubMed as the database. Click Choose File and navigate to where Citations.nbib is saved on your PC - click on it, then click Open. Use the Import Into Folder option to send your PubMed references to a specific RefWorks folder, otherwise they just go into your Last Imported Folder. Then click Import.

The PubMed references in the Citations.nbib file will be added to your RefWorks account.

(2) Exporting PubMed references from within RefWorks itself

You can actually search PubMed within RefWorks, and send PubMed references to the RefWorks folder of your choice.

To do this, in RefWorks, click Search, then Online Catalog or Database. Choose PubMed as the database you wish to search, then type your topic into the Quick Search box below (or click Advanced Search to search for specific articles or authors, or to combine search concepts etc). Click Search.

PubMed results will display within RefWorks. Tick the result(s) you wish to add to your RefWorks account, then use the Import to Folder dropdown menu to add them to a specific RefWorks folder (otherwise they just go into your Last Imported Folder).

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