Thank you to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for allowing us to adapt these instructions from their website.
Pre-existing bibliographies in word processing documents generally do not have field labels that permit importing into RefWorks. One work-around is to convert the bibliography into BibTex, then import the BibTeX file into RefWorks.
Note: This procedures works best with complete references, such as would be formatted in the APA style. Only minimal data can reliably be imported, so check your imported records.
First, in a word processing document:
1. Open your bibliography.
2. Separate each reference with two carriage returns/spaces.
3. Select and copy the citations. Do not copy any additional text.
4. Go to MakeBib at http://www.snowelm.com/~t/doc/tips/makebib.en.html
5. Paste your selection into the text box.
6. Click on Make BibTeX source!
7. Copy the BibTeX-encoded text that is generated
In your RefWorks account:
1. Click References, then click Import at the top of the screen.
2. Select From Text.
3. Select BibTeX in the Import Filter/Data Source drop-down menu.
4. Select Bibdesk (BibteX format) in the Database drop-down menu.
5. Paste copied information into the provided text box. Click Import.
6. You may now click on View Last Imported Folder to view your records and move them to the folder of your choice.
Remember to check the citation you have just imported carefully!