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PubMed: Exporting References to RefWorks

Many databases provide a RefWork button so that you can seamlessly import database items to RefWorks. PubMed does not provide this function.
Instead, use this guide to help you import PubMed items into your RefWorks account.
Search for items in PubMed

  • On the Search Results webpage, click the boxes next to your items of interest.
  • Look in the top of the webpage to the right, and find Send to next to Filters: Manage Filters
  • Click Send to and select Clipboard. You can do this more than once to add items to the Clipboard.
  • Click Add to Clipboard.
  • The Clipboard will keep these items for 8 hours. It’s a temporary storage area only.
Now you’re ready to send or import these items to RefWorks
  • Look in the upper right again and find Send to. Next to that you’ll find Clipboard: # items. Click # items.
  • Click Send to, select File
  • Another dropdown appears, and here select Format: MEDLINE, then click Create File.
  • Save the file to a place you’ll remember, like the Desktop. You’ll need to get back to this location.
Access your RefWorks Account
  • Log into your OU RefWorks account. You’ll find a link on the library’s webpage (https://library.oakland.edu/) in the right column under Express Links.
  • Find Add or + in the upper right corner of the display screen. Click that.
  • Select Import References.
  • In the center of the webpage you’ll find “Drop file here or select a file from your computer”.
  • Find your file of PubMed items, and drag and drop it into RefWorks.
  • You might see a reply that reads: What is the format of this file? We think this file is NLM PubMed. This file will be imported as : NLM PubMed. It is. Now, click the Import button.
  • Items will be imported into the Last Imported folder in RefWorks. You can assign these items to a new folder by clicking on the checkboxes next to the items, then clicking Assign to Folder.

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