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RefWorks Citation Manager: Add & Organize 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

Organize Citations into Folders

Having all of your citations in the "All Documents" folder is not conducive to locating specific sources. Sort your citations into folders to make it easier to find and use them.

1) Create a folder, perhaps one for each course, topic, or project.
Under the My Folders option, select Add a Folder.                  

2) Name your folder 

3) Select items to put in the folder

4) Put the items in the folder

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