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How to Add References

Citation data can be added to RefWorks in the following ways:

  • Enter manually: if you're used to using citation "calculators," like EasyBib, this is straightforward.
    • Select the information format of the item you're citing (e.g. whole book)
    • The fields presented are common to the item you're citing, but you might not use all fields.
  • Export directly from a database:
    • Conduct your search in a database, such as Academic Search Complete by EBSCO. Identify the articles you wish to use in your paper.

    • In the Tools section of your Results, go to Export. Select Export to RefWorks. (Make sure your pop-up blocker is disabled for this.) You might also need to explore the database to find the option to export, which is sometimes named something different, such as "Cite This."

    • When you click Export to RefWorks your citations will be transfered into the Last Imported Folder of RefWorks.

  • Grab from a web page under certain conditions using a tool called RefGrab-It (see below).


RefGrab-It is a bookmarklet that works with your Firefox browser to capture citation information from web pages giving you the option to import that data into your RefWorks account.

If an ISBN number, PubMed ID or DOI exists on the web page, RefGrab-It can be used.

When to use RefGrab-It?

  • When using PowerSearch, most, but not all, results can be directly exported into RefWorks using the Tools on the results page.  However, some articles will be coming from publisher websites and other databases that do not have a RefWorks export function.  If these articles have a DOI, and most will, you can use RefGrab-It to export to RefWorks.
  • When you want to enter citation information about a physical book, you can use the library catalog or Amazon to find the data you need.  As long as the web page has an ISBN you can use RefGrab-It.

Glossary of Terms


Bookmarklets are small programs or code that you can run from your bookmarks to do simple things. To install a bookmarklet, simply drag its link to your Personal Toolbar. To use it on the page you are viewing, just click the bookmarklet on your toolbar.


The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 13-digit number assigned by standard book numbering agencies to control and facilitate activities within the publishing industry. ISBNs used to be 10 digits until the end of 2006.


PMID is the unique identifier number used in PubMed. They are assigned to each article record when it enters the PubMed system.  The PMID# is always found at the end of a PubMed citation.


A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (the International DOI Foundation) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The publisher assigns a DOI when an article is published and made available electronically.

How to Use RefGrab-It

How to Add the Bookmarklet RefGrab-It to Your Toolbar