Importing references from text to a journal reference manager

May 5th, 2011 by Casey
How does one get their reference list from a Word document into their reference manager?
Most reference managers do not allow for the importing of text citations with ease. Users, very often, are reduced to manually adding the citations from the document into their respective fields. This method of transferring references is arduous at best.
However there is a way around the problem! Because WizFolio allows for the easy import of text – through its “Copy from Clipboard” feature – and subsequent export of references in RIS or BibTex format, the University of Missouri has suggested using WizFolio as a conversion tool. Their article offers clear and succinct instructions on how to convert references from text to Endnote using WizCite. These instructions can similarly be generalized to apply for other reference managers such as Zotero and Mendeley.
Importing files in RIS format is not perfect, as each reference manager uses a slight variation of the RIS format. Users whose reference managers can import in the BibTex format will have an easier time importing their references.

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Overview of the process

A visual guide on How to Import Text References into WizFolio

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