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The New RefWorks: Old RefWorks, Mendeley, EndNote, Zotero into RefWorks

Moving from another Management System

If you've already been using a citation manager, but want to switch to the New RefWorks, don't fear! You CAN migrate your existing work. To get your existing references into RefWorks, look up your current reference manager below and follow the steps described.

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Getting your existing references into the New RefWorks

Legacy (the Old) RefWorks or Mendeley

  1. ​You can easily import your RefWorks or Mandeley database in just a few clicks from within your New RefWorks account.  
  2. Just click on the + sign at the top of your New RefWorks account.
  3. Click on "Import References ( Mendeley, Legacy RefWorks) 
  4. Click on the button for your older system.
  5. Sign into your account from the other management system.
  6. Magic! 
  7. Make sure you log out of your Old Legacy RefWorks after importing references into the new. That will allow you to add new citations to your New RefWorks account!
EndNote
  1. 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" User-added image  icon, then select Import References,
  6. Drag and drop the saved file or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it.
Zotero
  1. In Zotero, select your references to migrate. 
  2. Right-click and choose Export Selected Items. Choose RIS. Save the file.
  3. In RefWorks, click the "add"  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 Flow, click the "add" User-added image icon, then select Import References and click the Other button.
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into Flow 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 Flow, click the "add" User-added image icon, then select Import References and click the Other button.
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into Flow into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it.