Answered By: Reeti Brar
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2020     Views: 4231

Some online resources, such as PubMed, do not offer the ability to export search results directly to RefWorks. In such cases, you can often save your search results as a text file which you can then import.

In PubMed

Here is how to import text files from PubMed search results:

  • After performing a search in PubMed, check the box next to the results you want to import to RefWorks.
  • Click 'Send to' link on the upper-right of the screen
  • Under Choose Destination, select 'File'
  • Under Format, select 'MEDLINE'
  • Click the 'Create File' button
  • Save the file somewhere convenient on your computer, such as your desktop.

In RefWorks

  • RefWorks click on Add + button in the top left-hand corner
  • Select "Import references
  • Under Import from a file section, Drag and drop the Pubmed text file (pubmed_result.txt) into RefWorks (into the box below), or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it.
  • Click on the "Import" button - the file will be imported as NLM PubMed.
  • RefWorks should inform you that your selected references were successfully imported - click OK to move past the message
  • Citations will automatically be entered into your Last Imported folder in RefWorks.

See the link below for a video demonstrating how to add references to RefWorks by importing text files.