Answered By: Amy LaVertu
Last Updated: Jul 01, 2016     Views: 15

Yes. Below are instructions for how to transfer references from RefWorks to EndNote or from EndNote to RefWorks.

Transferring References from RefWorks into EndNote

Please note: Only EndNote versions X and higher will allow you to transfer references from RefWorks.

  1. Go to RefWorks and select "References" from the toolbar at the very top of the RefWorks screen. Then select "Export." An "Export References" window will open.
  2. Under "Export Format," select "RefWorks Tagged Format." Select "Export."
  3. A window will open prompting you to save your references as .txt file. Select "Save As" and save the file.
  4. Open up the EndNote library in which you will transfer the references from RefWorks.
  5. Then, in your EndNote library, go to "File" and select "Import."
  6. Browse for and select the text file exported from RefWorks.
  7. Under "Import Options," select "RefWorks Import." Select "Import."

Transferring References from EndNoteinto RefWorks

Login to your RefWorks account and open your EndNote library. Then:

  1. In your EndNote library, select "File" and then "Export." An "Import Reference" window will open prompting you to save your EndNote library.
  2. Under "Save as Type," select "Text File". Under "Output Style," select "Select Another Style" and select "RefMan (RIS) Export". Save the file to your computer.
  3. Go to RefWorks and select "References" from the toolbar at the very top of the RefWorks screen. Then select "Import."
  4. Select From "Text File."* Under "Import Filter/Data Source" choose "RIS Format." Under "Database," select "RIS Format."
  5. Browse for and choose the text file you saved from EndNote and select "Import."
  6. An "Import References" window will appear displaying the number of references sent to RefWorks.
  7. Close out of the "Import References" window to return to your reference list.


* Note: While the option to import From EndNote Database option is featured on the Import Reference window, this feature is not working properly at this time.

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