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MCB 133L: Physiology and Cell Biology Laboratory: Save search results

Helpful links for the MCB 133L bibliography library exercise.

RefWorks introduction

RefWorks logo

A RefWorks account is available to anyone at UC Berkeley and includes:

  • exporting of citations from most article databases (including PubMed), Google Scholar, Start Your Search, and the library's Melvyl catalog.
  • unlimited storage
  • automatic citation and reference-list formatting when you write documents in Google Docs or certain versions of MS Word
  • sharing within and outside of UCB, and
  • library and tech support.

To create a RefWorks account:

  1. Go to refworks.proquest.com and click the Create account link.
  2. Use your @berkeley.edu email address to create an account  Using your institutional email address verifies that you are entitled to the UCB institutional account. You can change the e-mail address associated with your account once it has been created.
  3. Activate your account by clicking on the link sent to you by e-mail. Once you complete the registration process you will have immediate access to your account and can begin to manage your library of references.

Exporting citations to RefWorks

Saving PubMed search results to RefWorks:

  1. From any PubMed search results page, select the citations you wish to export to RefWorks by clicking the checkbox next to the title
  2. Click on the Send to button at the top of the search results list
  3. In the Send to menu select Clipboard and then click Send
    Warning: The Clipboard is temporary storage and will be erased as soon as you end your PubMed session. Be sure to export your Clipboard contents before you close PubMed.
    Note: You can also export citation directly from your search results page by selecting Citation Manager instead of Clipboard
  4. When you are ready to export to RefWorks, click on the Clipboard link under the search box
  5. From the Clipboard click on the Send to button at the top left
  6. In the Send to menu select Citation manager
  7. The Selection menu should show All results
  8. If you wish to export only certain citations, select the citations of interest and change the Selection menu to Selection.
  9. Click Create File
  10. Save the pubmed-*.nbib file to your computer (*stands for an 8-digit identifier for your file)
  11. In RefWorks click the  (Add a reference) icon at the upper left
  12. Select Import references
  13. Under Import from a file click select a file from your computer.
  14. Navigate to the pubmed-*.nbib file and select it.
  15. RefWorks should automatically identify this as an NLM PubMed file. If not, search for NLM PubMed format. Click Import.

RefWorks help:

Zotero introduction

Zotero logo

Zotero is freely available and includes:

  • importing of citations from most article databases (including PubMed), Google Scholar, Start Your Search, and the library's Melvyl catalog.
  • 300 MB of free storage. For more storage, sync Zotero with Google Drive, Berkeley Box, Dropbox, or other compatible cloud storage using the third-party plugin Zotfile.
  • automatic citation and reference-list formatting when you write documents in MS Word, OpenOffice or Google Docs
  • Create groups with users within and outside of UCB to share references
  • library and user community support.

To download and install Zotero:

  1. Go to zotero.org and click on the Download button.
  2. Zotero will detect your operating system; click the Download button or select a different operating system.
  3. Follow the installation instructions for your operating system.
  4. Be sure to download the Zotero connector for your browser.
  5. You're ready to begin saving references!

Importing citations to Zotero

Saving PubMed search results to Zotero:

  1. Open Zotero on your computer
  2. From any PubMed search results page, click the Zotero Connector icon in your browser. On a page with multiple results the Zotero icon will appear as a folder. 
  3. Select the citations you wish to import to Zotero by clicking the checkbox next to the title.
  4. Click OK and select the collection to which you would like to save the results
  5. The citations will be added to Zotero along with PDFs by default if Zotero can find them (you can change this in Zotero preferences).

Zotero Help: