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RefWorks: Grab references while you browse using RefGrab-It

This guide was developed for Canadian university students by Scholars Portal, a service of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).

About RefGrab-It

September 2013: There are several known issues with RefGrab-It for Canadian users, and we highly recommend you use the direct export or manual import options instead. For more information, please refer to the FAQ page about RefGrab-It.

RefGrab-It is an optional feature for capturing bibliographic information from web pages. It is available in two versions: as a bookmarklet that works with either Internet Explorer or Firefox and as a downloadable plug-in for Internet Explorer or Firefox.

RefGrab-It looks for data on web pages. If an ISBN number, PubMed ID, DOI (digital object identifier) or COinS (ContextObjects in Spans) are on the web page, RefGrab-It will automatically "grab" that data. In addition, it will also search various web resources (behind the scenes) to get supplemental information that may be of interest to you that you can also import. RefWorks may even locate RSS feeds related to the web page, from which you can invoke and import information.

When you use RefGrab-It on a web page, it automatically opens a "temporary results page" in a new window. You can view the information and additional resources first, then decide if you want to import the data.

Note: RefGrab-It cannot be used on .pdf files from web sites.

For example, let's say the below article is of interest to you, and you'd like to save it to your RefWorks account. Once RefGrab-It is installed, simply click the RefGrab-It button and a new window will pop up (bordered in red below) and float over top of the website you're interested in. Clicking the "Import to RefWorks" button will import the bibliographic details of this article into your account.

To download RefGrab-It, or for more information about this tool, go to the RefGrab-It page in the Tools menu of your RefWorks account.