How do I add PDFs to RefWorks?

Answered By: Richard Fallis
Last Updated: May 28, 2019     Views: 80

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.

First, make sure the PDF you wish to add to RefWorks is saved somewhere on your PC or laptop, or a connected USB.

In RefWorks, make sure you are viewing your references in Standard View or Full View.

In Standard or Full View, you will see an edit button above each reference - click on this:

The Edit Reference box will open, containing all details of the reference. Scroll down, if necessary, to Attachments, and click Choose file:

In the window that opens, navigate to where the PDF you wish to add to RefWorks is saved on your PC/laptop/USB. Click on it, then click Open. File will appear under Attachments. Click Save Reference.

Once you see a green Completed box, close down the Edit Reference box. RefWorks may update for a few moments, and then you should see that a paperclip icon has appeared above the edited reference. This indicates that the PDF has been attached to the reference.

Click on this paperclip icon, and the PDF that you attached will open.

If you experience problems attaching PDFs to RefWorks references, please email:



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