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Legacy RefWorks: Google Scholar

Steps for Importing Records into RefWorks from Google Scholar -- Direct Export

Many people use Google Scholar to find scholarly resources.  Google Scholar will work with RefWorks, but first  you must configure Google Scholar by clicking on the Scholars Preferences link, scrolling down to the bottom of the display, and selecting RefWorks as your default in the Bibliography Manager area. Once that is done, do the following:

  1. Conduct your search in Google Scholar.
  2. Each record displayed will have an "Import into RefWorks" link.  Clicking on the link will launch the RefWorks login page, if you are not already logged in.
  3. Once you log in, you are brought automatically to the "Edit" view of the reference.  If you do not wish to edit the record, you can navigate to any other area of RefWorks.
  4. Your record is stored in your "Last Imported Folder". 
  5. When references are first imported, that is the best time to associate them with the appropriate subject folders.

Steps for Importing Records into RefWorks from Google Scholar -- Manual Export

Note:  You will  need to change your Scholars Preferences and select "Reference Manager" as your default bibliography manager in order to save a text file of your export to your computer.  If you have an ISI ResearchSoft product (Reference Manager, EndNote or ProCite) installed on your computer the following directions may not work.

  1. Conduct your search in Google Scholar.
  2. Each record displayed will have an Import into Reference Manager link.  Click on the link.
  3. You will be prompted to either Open or Save the file (which is already named and is a .ris file).  Choose Save.
  4. Select the location where you want to save the file and click Save.
  5. Log in to RefWorks.
  6. From the "References" menu, select "Import" .
  7. Select RIS Format as the data source and the database.
  8. Browse to find the text file you saved to your computer and click "Import".
  9. Your records should appear in the "Last Imported Folder".
  10. When references are first imported, that is the best time to associate them with the appropriate subject folders.

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