Your references are very safe (backed up) on RefWorks servers. However, if you wish to back up your RefWorks account you can do so very easily. The following short tutorial explains the process. You may wish to back up your RefWorks for other reasons, e.g. moving to another organization. In such a case you could back up your account and restore it to a new account complete with customized settings, RSS feeds, attachments and customized output styles. (Caution: Use the restore option only on a new or empty account because it will replace any data or settings in that account.)
Another way to back up your references is with the export feature. However, export will only save your references, it will not save attachments or customized settings. Export is more often used to send selected references or a whole database of references to another RefWorks user or even to someone who uses a different personal information manager, e.g. EndNote.
To export references:
a) To use MyList, select References by checking the box next to each desired
b) Place your cursor over the “Selected” command (becomes a 4-arrow
c) Left click and drag the cursor over to the MyList folder.
(Use this proces (a to c above) to add references to your MyList folder
from anywhere in your RefWorks account.)
d) Click on the MyList folder to view the references you have collected there.
Instructions for importing references from another RefWorks user.
(To import references from an EndNote or Reference Manager user, see the "Adding References by Importing Text video." and note that the import filter you will use for these systems is "RIS Format."
Note: Reference ID numbers are not transferred when exporting or importing. Any references imported from one RefWorks account to another, will be assigned new Ref IDs according to the numbering in your account