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How do I import references into RefWorks or EndNote from the Web, PDF, or a Word document?


Use the Citation Finder to convert reference lists from PDFs or Word documents. This site converts your citation list into a format that can be imported into bibliographic management software such as RefWorks or EndNote. Note: this tool works best with citations that can be found in PubMed.

Step by Step: 

1. Go to

2. Copy your citations from your PDF or Word document and paste them under step 1 "Enter citations". As directed, make sure each citation is on a new line.

3. Under "Choose a Citation format", choose RIS (Endnote, etc.)

4. Click the Search button.

5. Wait while the system processes your citations. You may not see anything happening, but notice you can now scroll down through a list of matching citations.

6. You can complete Step 4 and "Review the matched citations" by going down the list and clicking on the best match to your citation. However, it's often not necessary to check each citation one by one.

7. Click on Download All Selected Citations.

8. Note where your computer saves this file (called citations.ris).

9. Now log into your RefWorks account.

10. Under References select Import.

3. Under Import Filter/Data Source and Database, select RIS Format. Under Database, choose RIS format.

4. Click on Select Text File and find the file you just downloaded (name: citations.ris)

5. Click Import.

6. Your citations should be imported to RefWorks.

Other Citation Managers

1. This method will work for other citation managers that can import RIS or BibTeX files. Export as above, then find the Import command and choose the correct file type. Also, double-clicking the downloaded file sometimes works to directly import into your citation manager.




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