A really quick and easy way to import citations (and only citations, abstracts are not included) into Refworks is via the GET IT button. While not perfect, the citation has already been formatted. Using this method allows you the same experience regardless of which resource you are using. No special instructions are needed. This is about as direct as you can get if you're looking to get citations in to Refworks.
Once in any database, click the GET IT button. Whether or not the library has the full-text doesn't matter. Simply click EXPORT/SAVE to download the citation to Refworks:
Adding References "Automatically"
Many online library databases and catalogs are compatible with RefWorks. In that case...
See our RefWorks Import Instructions by Database and locate the name of the database or catalog where you found your references to see which method to use and the steps to take.
If the database or catalog you're looking for isn't on the list, you can add your references to RefWorks manually as described below. Or, ask a librarian for assistance.
Adding References Manually
If the online resource you're using doesn't support a direct export or import of references into RefWorks, or if you've located a print source you'd like to cite in RefWorks, you can create a reference manually. To see the steps for a manual addition to RefWorks, click the following link:
1. Log in to RefWorks
2. Select the References on the gray dropdown menu,
3. Click on Add New
4. Once you click on Add New you will need to fill in the page with as much information as your source provides. Getting the View fields used by and Ref Type selection correct to match your desired bibliography style and the type of citation you have is key: it will reset the form with the commonly-used fields for that style and citation type.
RefGrab-It allows you to import web page information into RefWorks. RefGrab-It only grabs as much information as the web page provides such as the title of the web page, the address and the date the page was accessed.
Download RefGrab-It from RefWorks by:
To use RefGrab-It