RefGrab-It is a bookmarklet that you add to the bookmarks in your browser and use to try to automatically pull the citation information for articles and PDFs into your RefWorks account. RefGrab-It works "behind the scenes" to locate bibliographic information associated with web pages including title and URL information.
Be sure to use Firefox or Internet Explorer when using RefGrab-It. It is not compatible with Safari or Chrome.
To set up RefGrab It:
Now, you can use RefGrab-It to import citation information from web pages into RefWorks. To do this:
As you will see in the example above, the details that RefGrab-It imported were imperfect at best. This emphasizes the point that you need to be sure to check your Last Imported folder to make sure the added reference was imported correctly. You may have to manually edit references or else they will look funky down the road when you go to cite the reference in your manuscript.
If you want to add references from Google Scholar, then you can follow the steps detailed in our Google Scholar section of Adding References by clicking on this link. But this method works best if you are only importing a few references since you have to click Import to RefWorks for each reference. If you would like to import more than a couple references from Google Scholar, then you may want to use RefGrab-It to make the process a bit easier. For more information on RefGrab-It, be sure to check out our RefGrab-It section of Adding References by clicking on this link.
To use RefGrab-It to import references from Google Scholar, follow these steps:
As you may notice from the example. References added from Google Scholar are imperfect at best, so you need to be sure to look in your Last Imported folder in your RefWorks account to review the references and make any edits if necessary.
After you import references to RefWorks, it is always important to check your Last Imported folder in RefWorks to make sure the imported reference looks proper.
The Last Imported folder is on the right side of your RefWorks account. Like this:
Errors that may occur can include:
As you can see from the examples above, they may require significant editing to make sure that they accurately represent the reference. This step is important so you can: