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Creating A RefWorks Database: Importing Data from Saved Text Files

ISI - Institute for Scientific Information

ISI databases include:

  • Biological Abstracts
  • Derwent Innovations Index (patents)
  • Web of Knowledge (all databases available)
  • Web of Science
    • - including Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, and Conference Proceedings Citation Index

References can be imported into RefWorks from a text file by saving the references and then using the IMPORT feature in RefWorks. To make it easy to find the file, you may want to save it on the Desktop.

Open the Web of Science.  Search and locate your articles.

Mark them and add them to a MARKED LIST,  Select on the marked list link on the top of the screen (there should be a number which shows next to it indciating how many articles you have selected).

ISI marking records

Select the fields which you want to be included - all the bolded fields should be included but you might also want to include abstract, keywords and/or subject. Fields which RefWorks does not recognize will be loaded into notes.

Move to step 2 - Leave the default of FIELD TAGGED, Change the Other Reference Software to Plain Text.

Click on Save to File - Note where the file is downloaded.

ISI save records

Open Refworks - select the menu item REFERENCES - and then IMPORT

In the IMPORT FILTER/Data Source - change it to Thomson Reuters (it formerly used the ISI (Institute for Scientifc Information) filter)
for DATABASE - It should be Web of Knowledge - unless you are using Biological Abstracts in which case you should pick that one.

Under Import DATA for the following text file - BROWSE and find the file you previously saved. (Mine went into MYDOCS\DOWNLOADS.

Click Import - you should get a line of stars and confirmation that it imported the  number of records you had selected.


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