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ProQuest RefWorks: Getting Information into RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based citation management program paid for by the UW Libraries. Use RefWorks to organize your research, create bibliographies, insert citations as you write, and import and search PDFs.

How do I bring my research information into my database?

There are four primary ways to build your database in RefWorks:


Organizing Your References

We recommend that before you even start creating your database, spend some time thinking about how you want to organize your data. The two most convenient ways to find references quickly are searching and viewing folders. You might want to organize the data by creating folders for specific topics, assigning descriptors (keywords) to references as you add them to the database, or some combination of both. This video tutorial walks you through folder creation.

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Data Vendor Import Instructions

RefWorks supports hundreds of databases provided by numerous data vendors. Import filter development is an ongoing process and new filters are being added continually. For a complete up-to-date list of import filters, click here.

For detailed import instructions for many data vendors, click here.