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Citations and Bibliographies

This guide contains help for writing citations in APA, MLA, and other formats and also for managing your collection of citations in RefWorks.

Using a different citation manger and ready to switch to RefWorks? Here are directions for exporting references from the most popular citation managers and import to RefWorks 3.

EndNote

  1. You can easily import your EndNote into your RefWorks account: In EndNote, go to Edit > Output Styles > Open Style Manager.
  2. Check “RefMan (RIS) Export”.
  3. In your EndNote library, select the references you would like to export.
  4. Go to File > Export and save the file, making sure the output styles field is set to “RefMan (RIS) Export”.
  5. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon Image of the Add a reference icon, then select Import References.
  6. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 

Mendeley

Automatically import your Mendeley database by clicking on the Image of the Add a reference iconwhen viewing your documents in RefWorks and selecting Mendeley.
 
Or, manually move your Mendeley database:

  1. From Mendeley Desktop, select record(s) and right click. Select Export, Research Information Systems (*ris).
  2. A dialog box appears for you to select the location where you want to save the file. Type a file name and select a location to save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon Image of the Add a reference icon, then select Import References.
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 

Zotero

  1. Select references. 
  2. Right-click and choose Export Selected Items. Choose RIS. Save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon Image of the Add a reference icon, then select Import References.
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 

Papers

  1. In your Papers library, highlight the references you want to export.
  2. Under the File menu, choose Export... and choose the Refman RIS option. Save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon Image of the Add a reference icon, then select Import References.
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 

ReadCube

  1. From the library view select the article or articles and right click to bring up Export Options.
  2. Select Export to RefMan (RIS) file and save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the Add a reference icon Image of the Add a reference icon, then select Import References.
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 

RefWorks 2 to RefWorks 3

RefWorks users have two options for moving existing references into the New RefWorks.

If you have a RefWorks account through K-State, you will see an option within your RefWorks account to “Move to the newest version of RefWorks”.
If you are in the middle of writing a document using Write-n-Cite, DO NOT move to the newest version. Wait until you have finished the document.
 
Or you can bring your RefWorks data into the RefWorks 3 when you are signed into your RefWorks 3 account via Import references. Use this option if you have multiple Legacy RefWorks accounts.  
 
Screenshot of the import references options