Using WizFolio to Transfer a MS Word Bibliography to EndNote or RefWorks

Neither EndNote nor RefWorks can “read” citations from an existing bibliography in a Word document not formatted using a citation management application. An earlier post described methods to transfer references to an EndNote library from a bibliography formatted in Word. However, there is another way to do this using a free online service called WizFolio which can easily convert a pre-existing bibliography into an RIS-formatted file. You then  import the RIS file into EndNote or RefWorks.

Here are the steps:

1. Go to the  WizFolio home page:







2. Select Sign Up Now and create a free Wizfolio account.  Once you have the account, you can log in back at the home page:


3. Open your Word document and select your entire bibliography:


4. In your WizFolio account hold your mouse over the Add icon toward the top center of the Wizfolio window.  Select Import from Clipboard:


5. Paste your text into the box  that opens. You should  see Wizfolio inserting blank lines between the references in your bibliography:



6.  After WizFolio has inserted the spaces, click the Import Now button in the lower right corner of the page. WizFolio will attempt to locate and import records from PubMed and other sources:



7.  Select all the citations you’ve just imported. Click the Export button at the top of the page then select Export to RIS:


8.  Save the file.  It will be called MyReferences.ris.


1.  Open EndNote.

2.  Locate the MyReferences.ris file and open it.  It should import directly into EndNote:



3.  If it does not directly import into Endnote, import using the Import function using   Reference Manager (RIS) as your Import Option.


1. Import using the Import function , selecting RIS Format







Imported references:



Be certain to check that all the information has been correctly imported.

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David is the Education & Information Consultant, Basic Sciences
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