Q. I have a long list of references in a Word file. How can I get them into RefWorks?

I know you can export citations from a database, but I already have a bibliography list in Word. It will take a long time to look each citation up in a database and export them one by one. Isn't there a faster way?


Reference lists in word processing documents don't have the field labels that allow RefWorks to separate the elements of a citation (e.g., title, author, etc.) into separate fields. 

However, there is a workaround that you may find more convenient than looking each citation up in a database and exporting it.  You will need to convert your word processing file into a BibTeX file so RefWorks can read it.  Just be sure that your citations are complete before you start, and be sure to check them for accuracy once you have imported them.

Instructions are available here: http://subjectguides.uwaterloo.ca/content.php?pid=237761&sid=2392749.


  • Last Updated Jul 12, 2017
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  • Answered By Michele Nance

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