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    Reading documents offline with Dropbox

    • Product: RefWorks

    RefWorks allows you to view and read your documents without being connected to the internet using a service called Dropbox.   You’ll need to download the Dropbox installer and create a Dropbox account which you will link to your RefWorks account.  You can open any document stored in your Dropbox folder and read it on your computer whether online or offline.

    To link RefWorks to Dropbox:


    1. Log into RefWorks.  
    2. Click your  name, then select Settings from the list of options.  
    3.  Scroll down until you see a section of the page called Dropbox.  Click the Connect button.


    1. If you have a Dropbox account, enter your login credentials and click Sign in.  If you are new to Dropbox, click the “create an account” link on the Dropbox site and download and install Dropbox on your computer.
    2. You’ll be asked to give RefWorks permission to create a folder in your Dropbox called ProQuest RefWorks in your Apps folder.  This is where RefWorks will place a copy of your articles.

    You can only store your own articles in Dropbox – articles in shared collections are not included.  All of your articles (regardless of what Collection they are filed in) are saved to your ProQuest RefWorks dropbox in your Apps folder.
    After you first set up your connection from RefWorks to Dropbox, newly uploaded documents  you save to RefWorks are automatically saved in Dropbox as well as.  When you remove a document from your RefWorks library, we’ll also remove it from Dropbox as well.

    To disconnect your RefWorks account from Dropbox:

    1. Log in to RefWorks.
    2. Click your name, then select Settings.
    3. Scroll down and click the Unlink button in the Dropbox area of the page.



    • Article last edited: 19-Sep-2017
    • Old Article Number: 13513
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