Use Citation Tools

Exporting an Individual Record

Most of the article databases that the library subscribes to allow a direct export to RefWorks. Look for the Export button after doing a search.

Doing an Individual Export from EBSCOhost Databases:

  1. From the citation page of a record, click on the Export icon:  which can be found on the tool bar located on the right-hand column ofthe page.

  2. In the list of options on the right-hand side of the page, under the Save citations to a file formatted for: heading, select Direct Export to RefWorks.

  3. Click the Save icon, located on the far left-hand side of the page.

  4. RefWorks will open in another window, where you can put the citation into the folder of your choosing.

Exporting Multiple Items from Databases

RefWorks allows you to import references directly from journal article databases into your RefWorks account. 

Direct Export from EBSCOhost Databases

  1. Conduct a search.

  2. Click on the Add folder icon to the right of any results you want to save. This is a temporary folder that "saves" your articles during your session, but articles are cleared if you close out of Ebsco.

  3. Click on the Folder has items link, above the results list on the right side of the screen.

  4. Click on Export.

  5. Click the radio button in front of Direct Export to RefWorks to initiate the export function.

  6. Click the Save button to begin the direct export. RefWorks will open in a new window (Note: If you are not currently logged into RefWorks, you will be asked to login.)

  7. The references you exported will appear in your Last Imported Folder.

Importing a Book Record

Add a book reference directly into RefWorks from the WSU library catalog, other MNPals libraries, or the University of Minnesota collection without leaving RefWorks.

  1. On the toolbar at the top of the page, click

  2. In the drop-down menu, select

  3. In the Search box at the top of the page, click on the drop-down arrow and select one of the Winona State University - Darrell W. Krueger Library specific options.

  4. Click on

  5. Since you have a specific item in mind, click on the drop-down arrow next to Field: and select Title, Primary

    • If it is a common title, you can narrow your results by clicking the icon, and select Authors, Primary

  6. Click the Search button at the bottom right-hand side of the page

  7. When your results appear, put a checkmark in the box next to the citation you would like to import

  8. At the top of the page, click on and select the folder you want the reference to be placed.

      Note: A copy of the citation is automatically added to the Last Imported Folder

  9. You will be asked if you are sure; click OK


Users can manually key in references into their RefWorks account.

  1. Click on  located under the toolbar, near the top of the page.

  2. Select an output style from the drop down menu next to View fields used by.  Then, underneath the output style, choose the Folder you want the reference to be added to. Next, choose the Ref Type or Reference Type (i.e. article, book, etc.).

  3. Enter the reference information in the fields provided. You can access additional fields by clicking the Additional Fields link at the bottom, left-hand side of the page.

  4. Click on Save Reference when finished.