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Switching to RefWorks from Another Bibliographic Manager  

Want to jump ship and become a RefWorks user? Find out how to save the references in your library from one of the more popular citation management programs. These instructions can also be found in RefWorks under "Help."
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2013 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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RefWorks is a web-based citation management and formatting program that is made available by UNC-Chapel Hill campus libraries for use by faculty, staff, students and alumni.


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To Change from EndNote to RefWorks:

EndNote 8 or higher users only:

  1. Go into RefWorks and from the References menu select Import, then select From Endnote Database.

  2. Browse for and select your EndNote library (. enl).  Note: Currently there is a 25 MB import limit on the size your EndNote library.  Also ensure that the .enl file is not open on your computer.

  3. Specify a folder to import your records into (optional)

  4. Click on Import at the bottom of the Import window.

  5. Your references will appear in the Last Imported folder.

EndNote 7 or lower users:

Note:  It is recommended to import no more than 2500 records (or 3MB of files) at a single time.  This will ensure a successful import.

  1. From EndNote, under the Edit menu select Output Styles.
  2. From the list of output styles select RefMan ( RIS) Export.

Don't see this format? Open the Style Manager and check the RefMan ( RIS) Export format. Close the Style Manager and repeat steps 1 and 2.

  1. Select the references you want to export.

  2. Under the Reference menu select Show Selected (or Show All if you wish to export the entire database).

  3. Under the File menu select Export.

  4. A dialog box appears for you to select the location where you want to save the file. Type a file name and select a location for importing into RefWorks. Select Text as your Save As type and click Save.

  5. Go into RefWorks and from the References menu select Import.

  6. Select Desktop Biblio. Mgt. Software as your Import Filter and EndNote ( Ref Man RIS Format) as your Database. Make sure you select the appropriate Mac or Windows version. Browse for and select the file you just created from EndNote.

  7. Click on Import at the bottom of the Import window. RefWorks will notify you when the import is complete. View the Imported References.

  8. Your records should automatically appear in the Last Imported folder.


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