Citation Managers

Alternate Instructions

If the RefWorks Export Bookmarklet does not work for you, follow the alternate instructions on this page.

Step 1: Export citations from RefWorks

  1. Log into your RefWorks account.
     
  2. Select the Folder icon to the left and select a folder:

     
  3. Your folders are listed here. For each folder, select the folder, then export references by clicking the Share & Export icon and selecting Export references:

     
  4. Select RIS Format. RIS is a commonly used reference format which you can import to Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote Basic.

     
  5. Rename and save each file with the original folder name so you can keep it organized when you import it into your new citation manager. For example, save citations exported from a folder called Biology Manuscript as "Biology Manuscript".​ Repeat steps 3-6 for each folder you have.

Your references are now ready to import into a new citation manager!

  1. Log into your RefWorks account.
     
  2. Select the All Documents icon at the top left then select Export & Share

     
  3. Choose whether you want to export from All references in 'All Documents' or Selected references.
     
  4. Select a RIS Format. RIS is a commonly used reference format which you can import to Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote.

     
  5. Name and save the file.

Your references are now ready to import into a new citation manager!

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Step 2: Import citations into your new citation manager

  1. Create an account, download Zotero, and open it. (For more details on getting started with Zotero, see libraryguides.binghamton.edu/citation-managers/zotero.)
  1. In the Zotero installed on your computer, select File from the top bar, then Import. When the Where do you want to import from? box appears, select A file (BibTeX, RIS, Zotero RDF, etc.).
     
  2. Select the .ris file that you exported from RefWorks and select Open. All done!

 

  1. Create a Mendeley account then download and open Mendeley Desktop. (For more details on getting started with Mendeley, see libraryguides.binghamton.edu/citation-managers/mendeley).
  1. Select File, then Import, then the BibTeX (*.bib) option.
     
  2. Select the Text (*.txt) option at the bottom right to find the text file that RefWorks exported, then select Open. All done!
  1. Create an EndNote Basic account and log in. (For more details on getting started with EndNote Basic, see libraryguides.binghamton.edu/citation-managers/endnote-basic).
     
  2. Select Collect and then Import References.

     
  3. Choose File to browse for the file you exported from RefWorks, select RefMan RIS as Import Option, select New group from To, and click on Import. All done!
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Step 3: Bulk transfer your PDFs

  1. In your RefWorks account, select your name at the top right, then select Settings.
     
  2. After re-entering your login information, move down the page and select Connect under Dropbox.
     
  3. If you don't already have one, create a Dropbox account, then sign in. Your new RefWorks account should now be linked with your Dropbox account. All of your PDFs are now under the folder Apps, in the subfolder called ProQuest RefWorks.
     
  4. Open your Zotero/Mendeley/EndNote window and Dropbox window side-by-side. Drag and drop each PDF from Dropbox to the matching article in the citation manager to reattach the PDFs.