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About RefGrabit

If a database doesn't offer a Direct Export to RefWorks, or if this functionality isn't working, it is worth checking if RefGrabIt can detect the citation.

RefGrab-It looks for information 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 information. 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. It is not available on Safari browsers.

Download RefGrabIt

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.

Installing RefGrab-ItRefGrab-It Bookmarklet

Firefox  or Chrome Users

  1. Enable the Links/Bookmarks toolbar in Firefox or Chrome
  2. Drag and drop the RefGrab-It link to your personal toolbar as illustrated below.

Drag RefGrabIt link to your browser toolbar

Firefox also gives you the option of right clicking on the RefGrab-It link and choosing 'Add to Bookmarks'.

Internet Explorer Users

  1. Enable the Links toolbar in IE by selecting the View menu option, then Toolbars. If Lock the Toolbars is checked, click on it to de-select it. Then, from View, Toolbars click on Links. A checkmark will appear next to Links indicating that this feature is active. The Links toolbar should now be visible at the top right of your browser (it may appear in a slightly different position).
  2. Right-click on this RefGrab-It bookmarklet link. A menu will appear.
  3. Select Add to Favorites. You may get a security challenge telling you that you may be adding something that is unsafe. Please say "yes".
  4. The Add Favorite box opens and RefGrab-It should appear in the name box. Click the Create-In button to the right of the name box.
  5. The Add Favorite box expands and you should see the Links folder. Click on Links, then click on OK. A RefGrab-It button will appear in your Links area of the IE toolbar.

Note: If you do not want the RefGrab-It link in your toolbar, you can simply hide the Links area of the toolbar -- select View, Toolbars and de-select Links. 

Using RefGrab-It

Once RefGrab-It is installed, simply click the RefGrab-It button and a new window will pop up and float over top of the website you're interested in (see example below). Depending on the page you may see 2 options.

  1. The Web Page. This option will retrieve only the information for the webpage, not the articles listed on the webpage. Only select this if you want to cite a webpage.
  2. Other References or References found on this page. You may need to click on the + sign to see the full list of citations that are available on the page. Select the articles you wish to import to RefWorks.

Clicking the "Import to RefWorks" button will import the bibliographic details of this article into your account.



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