Last Updated: Sep 26, 2018     Views: 897


The MGH Treadwell Virtual Library is discontinuing its institutional subscription to RefWorks, effective December 31, 2018. Please see our RefWorks page for more info.


After running a search in PubMed, you can save your references to RefWorks by following these steps:

  1. In PubMed, select the references you want to export, then click Send to (in upper right), choose Citation manager from the list, and click Create File.
  2. Depending on your browser settings, the download file (citations.nbib) will either save to your default downloads location (usually Downloads or Desktop) or ask you where to save it. Make note of the location of the file.

Now, login to your RefWorks account and complete these steps:

  1. In the upper left, select References, then Import
  2. At the Import References screen that opens, select:
    Import Filter/Data Source = NLM PubMed
    Database = PubMed
  3. At Select Text File, click Choose File, browse and select the citations.nbib file you created in PubMed. (Note: Leaving Encoding as is.)
  4. If you wish, you can import the references into an existing folder in the "Import To" section of the screen.
  5. Click Import in the lower right corner of the screen.
  6. Click View Last Imported Folder to see the references you just imported. 

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