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A guide to using the RefWorks reference management software.

Exporting from Scholar

Google Scholar is freely available search engine for academic materials such as journal articles, theses and reports. You can export references found on Scholar directly into RefWorks.

Exporting individual references

1. Once you have found a reference that you want to export into ReWorks click the quotation mark icon (labelled 'Cite') at the bottom of the record.

2. A new tab will open, click 'RefWorks' to export the reference into RefWorks

3. This will open a new tab, if it gives you the option of which version of RefWorks to export to select 'Yes, export to the newest version of RefWorks'

4. Decide if you want to put your reference in a specific folder

5. Click 'Import'

6. Check the details of your reference by clicking it in RefWorks and checking over the details. If edits/corrections are needed click the pencil icon in the top-right corner to make these.


Exporting multiple references

1. Run a search on Scholar to produce a results list

2. Click the star icon (labelled 'Save') to save any references that you want to export to RefWorks

3. When you have saved all your references click the 'My library' option at the top of the Scholar page

4. On the 'My library' page click 'Export all' on the top bar and select the 'RefMan' option.

5. This will download your references as an .RIS file. Follow the instuctions for importing an .RIS file

N.B. To use the 'Save' function on Google Scholar you will need a Google Account. If you do not have one you can either create one or instead export references individually. 

When to use this option

Exporting from Google Scholar is a good way of finding and exporting references for journal articles, conference proceedings, theses and academic reports. It is best used when for academic materials that you cannot find on NELSON. Scholar does not conduct any checks on the accuracy of data for items you find using it so you should take extra care to check the reference details are accurate and complete.