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Cochrane Library: Exporting References to RefWorks

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Exporting a List of References to Legacy RefWorks (orange):

  1. Click on the checkbox to the left of each record to import.
  2. Click on the Export Selected link at the top of the results list.  (Note: if you want to export all results from a search, select Export All instead.)
  3. Choose your file type according to the computer you're using (PC, Mac, or UNIX/LINUX).
  4. For Export Type select Citation or Citation and Abstract. 
  5. Click on Export Citation.
  6. When prompted, save the resulting text file where you'll be able to find it later.
  7. Log in to RefWorks.
  8. Under the References drop down menu, select Import.
  9. Under Import Location/Data Source, select Cochrane Library.
  10. Choose the database you were searching in from the Database options.
  11. Click the Browse button to locate the text file you saved-- select it and click Open.
  12. Click Import.
  13. Your records will be downloaded automatically and should appear in your Last Imported folder.


Exporting a List of References to New RefWorks (blue):

  1. Click on the checkbox to the left of each record to import.
  2. Click on the Export Selected link at the top of the results list.  (Note: if you want to export all results from a search, select Export All instead.)
  3. Choose your file type according to the computer you're using (PC, Mac, or UNIX/LINUX).
  4. For Export Type select Citation or Citation and Abstract. 
  5. Click on Export Citation.
  6. When prompted, save the resulting text file where you'll be able to find it later.
  7. Log in to RefWorks.
  8. Click the plus button in the toolbar and select Import references from the dropdown menu.
  9. Drag and drop your text file to the indicated space OR click Select a file from your computer, select the text file you saved, and click Open.
  10. RefWorks will ask what format the file is.  Enter Cochrane Library, then select the database you were searching in from the dropdown menu.
  11. Click Import.
  12. Your records will be downloaded automatically and should appear in your Last Imported folder.

For further assistance or to set up a RefWorks account, please visit our main RefWorks page.

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