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RefWorks Citation Manager: Get Citations

Finding Sources

Before you can get citations to save to RefWorks, you first will need to find sources you might want to cite in your research.

Research Guides are an excellent way to identify where to find sources to use in your subject area. Use library databases to find scholarly sources.

Citations from Library Databases

Many research databases allow you to export citations directly to RefWorks.

Look for words such as cite, export, or send as you navigate databases.

Here are a few examples:

Library Search
"Send to RefWorks" Button.


  Click the Export Tool and then Direct Export to RefWorks.


 Click Cite this Item and then Export to RefWorks. 


When asked which version, choose "export to the newest version of RefWorks." You may also want to check, "don't ask me this again."

Yes, export to the newest version of RefWorks

Getting Citations: Save to RefWorks

Import citations and text by clicking on the Save to RefWorks button that you can add to your bookmarks/favorites bar.

  • Use this button when the database you are searching does not have an option to export directly to RefWorks or when you are using non-library sources.
  • Make sure you have your bookmarks/favorites bar showing on your computer.

Bookmark Settings Help

Go to RefWorks' Tools menu to get the Save to RefWorks button for your bookmarks/favorites bar. 

Click on the "Save to RefWorks" button. Then, continue to hold it while dragging it to your bookmarks/favorites bar.

Enable Popups for RefWorks

In order to export citations to RefWorks, you must allow popups.

If you try to save a citation, but nothing seems to be happening, your browser's popup blocker probably is preventing the connection.

Browser Popup Settings