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Save Something to RefWorks from Augsburg's 'General Search'

How you can quickly send a search-box reference to your Refworks account.

Saving from a Search

EBSCO Academic example of animal-companion article

So let's say that you've done a search on your topic and you want to save some of the results to your RefWorks account.

The first thing you'll need to do is log into RefWorks.

Exporting From Other Searches
  • This guide explains how to export results from Augsburg Library's Academic Search Premier database.
  • You can also export results from other database searches in much the same way, but the location and appearance of the buttons may be different.

Still looking for the right source? Our ‘Place to Start’ page has many ways to find books and articles on your research subject.


Once something is ‘in’ your RefWorks, it includes a link so you are able to get back to wherever you were when you saved that reference.

So you want to make sure you are at the title level of your article or book — not just your search list — before you click ‘Save to RefWorks.’

Log In to RefWorks

You'll need to be logged into your RefWorks account in the browser before you start exporting. Opening it in another tab works well.

Don't Have an Account?

Here's a page that tells you how to create your Augsburg RefWorks account:

Create One Now
  • You'll be asked for an email address and a new password.
  • You will need to use your Augsburg email address to qualify for a RefWorks account.
  • It's free!

For more help, see these video tutorials

Put the RefWorks Button into Your Browser's Favorites

If you're on a computer you use regularly, your life with RefWorks will be way easier if you take a few moments to copy the ‘Save to RefWorks’ button to your browser's Bookmarks toolbar — sometimes called ‘Favorites.’ Here's how to do that.


1. In RefWorks, look in the upper-right-hand corner and click on the three dots that mean ‘More.’

RefWorks header


2. In the dropdown menu, click on ‘Tools.’

RefWorks More menu


3. Click on ‘Install Save to RefWorks.’

RefWorks Tools


4. Follow the online instructions to add the button to your toolbar.

Note that you need to have your Favorites or Bookmarks bar displayed at the top of your screen first.


5. Click and save.

Now, when you find an article you want to add to a RefWorks folder (see below for details), just click on the button you just installed.

RefWorks browser button

This is the recommended way to save Augsburg books to your RefWorks.

Go to the Export button

If you are working on a computer browser that does not have the ‘Save to RefWorks’ button installed, you can still save information about articles to your RefWorks account. Make sure you have RefWorks open on another tab in your browser before you start.

To export a reference to RefWorks from a library database, you will use the ‘Export’ button (in some databases, it is the ‘Cite’ option) that is on the right of the screen for most databases.

EBSCO article with Export button

Clicking on that link pulls up a dialog box. Go ahead — choose ‘Direct Export to RefWorks’ and hit ‘Save,’ noting that you may get a warning about popup blockers.

Direct Export to RefWorks

If you get a screen with a choice of which RefWorks to save to, click on the ‘Export to the New RefWorks’ option:

New RefWorks

You Must Enable Pop-Ups
  • You will have to enable popups in your browser in order to make the transfer over to RefWorks.
  • If you click on the Save button and nothing happens, check to see that there isn't a warning at the top or bottom of your browser window. There should be an option to enable popups in this one instance, or anytime you're using a library search.
  • You can go to your browser's Help page and search on popups to find out how to make exceptions to the popup blocker. (In Firefox, for instance, you will end up navigating to Options, then to Content. Other browsers may substitute Preferences for Options.)

You've Saved it to RefWorks!

You should find yourself in RefWorks, with your new reference safely ensconced there.

Tag it, share it, move it to a folder — it's all yours. Enjoy!


If you get this screen, it means that you did not log into RefWorks ahead of time, or you are logged in from a different browser. You can log in now.

RefWorks login popup


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