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MCB 160L: Neurobiology Laboratory: Saving to RefWorks

Creating a new RefWorks account

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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 MS Word or Google Docs
  • sharing within and outside of UCB, and
  • library and tech support.

To create a RefWorks account:

  1. Go to and click the Create account link.
  2. Use your 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.

Save to RefWorks bookmarklet

To install Save to RefWorks on your browser bookmarks toolbar:

  1. Log in to your RefWorks account
  2. Click on the Tools icon and then on Tools
  3. Click on Install Save to RefWorks:
  4. Drag the Save to RefWorks button to your browser bookmarks toolbar.
  5. The Save to RefWorks bookmarklet should automatically install and remain visible in your bookmarks toolbar.


Exporting citations to RefWorks

Using the Save to RefWorks bookmark with PubMed:

  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: menu at the top right
  3. Under Choose Destination select Clipboard and then click Add to Clipboard
    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.
  4. When you are ready to export to RefWorks, click on the Clipboard: __ items link at the top right
    Note: If you have saved more than 20 items to the Clipboard you may need to increase the Items per page so that they are all visible
  5. Click on the Save to RefWorks button on the browser bookmarks toolbar
  6. When the RefWorks sidebar opens, click Select all and then Save to RefWorks (bottom right)
  7. Click View in RefWorks and check that your citations were imported correctly

If you encounter problems with Save to RefWorks in PubMed, use a text file:

  1. Follow steps 1 - 4 above.
  2. From the Clipboard click on the Send to: menu at the top right
  3. Under Choose Destination select Citation manager
  4. The Number to send should be greater than or equal to the number of citations you wish to export
  5. If you wish to exclude citations at the beginning of your list change Start from citation to the appropriate number (default is 1).
  6. Click Create File
  7. Save the citations.nbib file to your computer
  8. In RefWorks click the  (Add a reference) icon at the upper left
  9. Select Import references
  10. Under Import from a file click select a file from your computer.
  11. Navigate to the citations.nbib file and select it.
  12. RefWorks should automatically identify this as a PubMed file. If not, search for NLM PubMed format. Click Import.

If you have technical issues with RefWorks

  1. Check your browser settings to make sure that you have enabled pop-ups
  2. Try a different browser
  3. Contact a librarian for help
  4. Check the RefWorks Knowledge Center documentation, view their Video tutorials, or e-mail RefWorks Support ( with the subject line "New RefWorks Support Request"
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