Q. I've found a single record in PubMed that I want to move to RefWorks. What is the easiest method?


If you just need to move a single record, the following two methods are easiest.  The methods work equally well.  

Method 1.  Use the "GetIt!@UNMC" button to initiate a direct export to RefWorks. 

a.  If you used the "MEDLINE via PubMed" link on the Library's homepage to reach PubMed, each record's "Abstract" view will/should contain a "GetIt!@UNMC" button.  
b.  Click on the "GetIt!@UNMC" button
c.  Disable any pop-up blockers.
d.  Click on the "Export" button in the new window/tab produced by the "GetIt!@UNMC"  button.
e.  Export options will appear. Retain the default selection "Directly to RefWorks."
f.  Click the "Export" button below the export options.
g.  A new tab or window typically appears.  

  • You may be asked whether you want "Export to legacy RefWorks" or "Export to the new RefWorks."  As of January 2016, UNMC is still using legacy RefWorks.
  • You may be asked to log into your RefWorks account.  
  • If you already have a RefWorks tab/window open, and no pop-up tab or window is appearing, check to see if your previous RefWorks tab/window shows the import.

h.  When the import is complete, click on "View last imported"
i.  Want to put your reference in a folder?  Click and hold down on the grey bar above the reference and drag and drop your new record into the appropriate folder (in the folder box on the left-hand side of the page).


Method 2.  Copy and paste the PMID into Refworks' PubMed search.

a.  Find the PMID at the bottom of your PubMed record (see grey highlighting in figure).

b.  Select the number using your mouse (Click on the space to one side of the number, hold the clicker down as you drag to the space at the opposite end of the number, and release the mouse). 
c.  Copy the selected number (Ctl-c on Windows computers)
d.  Log into your RefWorks account.
e.  Use the "Search" menu to select "Online Catalog or Database"

A screenshot shows use of the RefWorks "Search" menu to select "Online Catalog or Database".

f.  The "Online Catalog or Database" pop-up will appear.  Paste your PMID in place of the already highlighted "Enter Search Terms" in the search box  (Ctl-v on Windows computers)
g.  Hit the search button.  A pop-up will appear containing your search results.
h.  Select the record that appears and either import it into a folder using the "Import to Folder" drop-down or import it into "last imported" using the large "import" button at the bottom of the page.


  • Last Updated Dec 24, 2016
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  • Answered By Cindy Schmidt

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