Using RefWorks with the Library Catalog

About RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic reference manager that is available to Dartmouth faculty, staff, and students.


  • It's free to Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff.
  • You can get to your RefWorks files from any computer connected to the Internet from the Dartmouth College and DHMC domains. If you are working off-campus and not connecting to Dartmouth through the modem pool, you can use Dartmouth's Subscriber Group Code to access your account.
  • Use RefWorks to search the Library Catalog and import references.
  • Format your citations according to any number of style formats, such as Turabian, Chicago Manual of Style, or Science.
  • Works with Microsoft Word to format the footnotes and bibliographies in your research papers.
  • Import and export RefWorks citations to and from other reference managers, such as EndNote.


  • You will need to edit records in your RefWorks library to get the references to format properly.
  • It is necessary to take the time to learn how to use RefWorks.
Back to Top

Where can I get RefWorks?

RefWorks is available on the web at Click on the "Sign up for an individual account" link. Download the Write-N-Cite application for Microsoft Word if you want to cite references from your RefWorks account in your research papers. There is no charge to Dartmouth students, staff, or faculty for using RefWorks, Write-N-Cite, or setting up a RefWorks account.

Back to Top

Searching the Catalog with RefWorks

You can search the Library Catalog using RefWorks. This is by far the the easiest way to get citations from the Library Catalog into RefWorks. It is also one of the most accurate - it does a very good job of putting the various data elements into the correct fields within RefWorks.

To search the Library Catalog with RefWorks, go to the SEARCH menu and choose, "Online Catalog or Database."  Choose "Dartmouth" from the pop-up menu, and you're ready to search. From your results page, mark the items you want to add to your RefWorks account and click the "Import" button.

Please Note: At this time, RefWorks does not import Library Locations, Call Numbers, or Status information from the Dartmouth Library Catalog.

Back to Top

Importing Individual References into RefWorks

When viewing the full record of an item in the Library Catalog, click on the "Add to RefWorks" icon. You will be prompted to login to your RefWorks account and the record will be imported automatically.


Catalog RefWorks import


Back to Top

Importing Multiple References into RefWorks

Step One: Save & Export the records from the Catalog

  • Search the Library Catalog and save the records using the Save All On Page button or by marking the desired records and clicking on the Save Marked Records button. When viewing an individual record, use the Save Record button to add it to your saved records.
  • When you're ready to export your records, click on the Request/Export Saved Records button. The dialog box below will appear. Records should be exported in Full Display format to Local Disk. Click on the "Submit" button to save the records to your computer. The default file name for the exported records is export.txt.

Step Two: Import the saved records into RefWorks
Now that your records have been saved to your computer as a text file, you can import them into RefWorks.

Log into your RefWorks account. Go to the "References" menu and choose "Import." You will be presented with a dialog box.

  • Set the "Import Filter/Data Source" menu to Innovative Interfaces INNOPAC.
  • Set the "Database" menu to Dartmouth College Library Catalog (Full Display).
  • Specify the folder destination. If you do not specify a folder, all references will go into your Last Imported folder.
  • Set the "Text Translation" pop-up menu to UTF-8. This will insure that diacritics are imported correctly.
  • Choose the file to import, which will be named "export.txt"
Back to Top

Using RefWorks Off-Campus

You can use RefWorks any time you are connected to the Internet - even if you are off-campus and not directly connected to the Dartmouth network. Just use the Dartmouth Subscriber Group Code. It is listed in the registration confirmation message you received from RefWorks when you created your account. If you cannot find your registration confirmation message, contact Baker/Berry Reference from your Dartmouth BlitzMail account. We will then send you the Subscriber Group Code.

Back to Top

RefWorks Support

Please refer to the RefWorks help page for information on how to use RefWorks. If you have further questions about RefWorks, contact Baker/Berry Reference or Kresge Library Reference.

Back to Top

The help I need isn't here...

Please contact a Reference Librarian for assistance.

Back to Top