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Using Legacy RefWorks

Resources to help you use the Legacy RefWorks reference management tool provided by the Amelia Cirio Library.

EndNote 8 or higher users only:

  1. Go into RefWorks and from the References menu select Import.

  2. Expand the From EndNote Database section.

  3. Browse for and select your EndNote library (.enl).  Note:  Only EndNote version 8 and higher databases can be imported. Currently there is a 25 MB import limit on the size your EndNote library.  Also ensure that the .enl file is not open on your computer.

  4. Specify a folder to import your records into (optional)

  5. Click Import at the bottom of the Import window. The progress in importing is measured by * for each reference imported. RefWorks will notify you when the import is complete.

  6. Your records should automatically appear in the Last Imported folder.

To export records from EndNote 7 or lower:

Note: When importing large amounts of references, it is recommended to import no more than 2500 records (or 3MB of files) at a single time.  This will ensure a successful import.

  1. From EndNote, under the Edit menu select Output Styles.

  2. From the list of output styles select RefMan ( RIS) Export.

Note: If you do not see this format, open the Style Manager and check the RefMan ( RIS) Export format. Close the Style Manager and repeat steps 1 and 2.

  1. Select the references you want to export.

  2. Under the Reference menu select Show Selected (or Show All if you wish to export the entire database).

  3. Under the File menu select Export.

  4. A dialog box appears for you to select the location where you want to save the file. Type a file name and select a location for importing into RefWorks. Select Text as your Save As type and click Save.

  5. Go into RefWorks and from the References menu select Import.

  6. Select Desktop Biblio. Mgt. Software as your Import Filter and EndNote ( Ref Man RIS Format) as your Database. Make sure you select the appropriate Mac or Windows version. Browse for and select the file you just created from EndNote.

  7. Click on Import at the bottom of the Import window. The progress in importing is measured by * for each reference imported. RefWorks will notify you when the import is complete. View the Imported References.

  8. Your records should automatically appear in the Last Imported folder.

EndNote Web

  1. In EndNote Web select the Format tab, then Export References.

  2. Under the References drop-down select All References in My Library (or whatever group you wish).

  3. Under the Export style drop-down select RefMan (RIS) Export.

  4. A dialog box appears for you to select the location where you want to save the file. Type a file name and select a location for importing into RefWorks. Click Save.

  5. In RefWorks, select References, Import.

  6. Select Desktop Biblio. Mgt. Software as the import filter/data source and Reference Manager (RIS Format) as the database.

  7. Browse to locate the RIS file you saved to your computer.

  8. Click Import.

  9. Your records should automatically appear in the Last Imported folder.