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RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool that is free to Penn State users.

Import references

LionSearch

RefWorks is integrated with LionSearch. To add references to your RefWorks library from LionSearch:

  • From your LionSearch results list, click the Menu button at the top right of your screen and select RefWorks Log In to access your RefWorks account
  • Click the folder icon next to any item in your LionSearch results list.
  • Items will be automatically added to your RefWorks library. The folder turns red to indicate the item is now in RefWorks.
  • Click any red folder or the folder icon at the top right of the page to go to your RefWorks library. From RefWorks, click the Return to Library Search link in the blue bar at the top of the page to return to your LionSearch results.

Library Databases

From library databases such as ProQuest or Academic Search Complete, use the export function to “Export to RefWorks." You can export individual records or add items to a folder and export a collection all at once.

Importing from Other Citation Tools

Note: Importing from other citation tools (Mendeley, EndNote) and from RIS files is not available with PSU access.

Make Sure Your Citations Are Complete!

When importing citations, double check the reference details as they can sometimes be incomplete. To make corrections, click on the reference to select it, click the pencil on the top right, then click any field to make changes to it.

In particular, make sure your references include:

  • title (journal article and journal, book, website, etc.)
  • author(s)
  • publication date
  • publication or retrieval information (publisher/place of publication, DOI, URL, etc.)

Upload or Drop Files

  • Click on the plus (“+”) button to upload saved files or simply drag and drop files into the citation list area in RefWorks. RefWorks will then try to extract citation information from your file. Accepted file types include PDF and Microsoft documents (.docx, .pptx, etc.).
  • To attach a file to a citation already in RefWorks, edit that citation by selecting it and using the pencil icon in the upper right corner, then drag and drop or select the file.
  • When importing citations, RefWorks may also try to bring in the associated full text document. Sometimes it may be a moment before the full text icon appears with your citation. If Refworks is unable to automatically import the full text, you can add it yourself using the instructions above.

When adding any files, double check the reference details as they can be incorrect or incomplete. To make corrections, click on the reference to select it, click the pencil on the top right, then click any field to make changes to it.