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  • EBSCO – Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text (information literacy)ProQuest – ABI/INFORM Complete (merger)CSA – Sociological Abstracts (criminal insanity)OVID – MEDLINE (pneumonia)Catalogue – (refworks)
  • EBSCO – Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text (information literacy)ProQuest – ABI/INFORM Complete (merger)CSA – Sociological Abstracts (criminal insanity)OVID – MEDLINE (pneumonia)Catalogue – (refworks)
  • Web of Science (pneumonia)
  • Note: audio and video are not as effective as other readers


  • 1. Using RefWorksBrian JacksonResearch Librarian
  • 2. RefWorks
    What RefWorks can do:
    Store and organize references to articles, websites, books, blogs, etc.
    Store saved files
    Act as an RSS feed reader
    Link you directly to free or available subscription-based content
    Create a bibliography in virtually any citation style
    Allow you to share references with colleagues
    Help you easily insert citations into a paper
    Search library catalogues and other databases
  • 3. RefWorks
    What RefWorks can’t do:
    Create a flawless bibliography
    Allow you to directly search subscription databases
    Allow direct import from EVERY database
    Easily migrate references from SOME other sources
  • 4. Getting Started
  • 5. RefWorks
    Getting Started
    Create a RefWorks account
    Find books and articles of interest in a catalogue or database
    Export them to RefWorks
  • 6. RefWorks
    Keys to exporting from databases
    Look for a link marked ‘Export’
    If there is no such link, ‘mark’ or add reference to folder
    View ‘Marked List’ or ‘Folder’
    There will usually be a direct export option from there…but not always
  • 7. RefWorks
    Exporting to RefWorks
    CSA – ProQuest
    MacEwan Catalogue
  • 8. RefWorks
    Exporting to RefWorks
    Some databases do not export directly to RefWorks
    References in these databases can usually be saved as a .txt file and imported through RefWorks
  • 9. RefWorks
    RefWorks-specific tags
  • 10. RefWorks
    Exporting to RefWorks
    .txt file example
    Web of Science
  • 11. RefWorks
    Exporting from Google Scholar
    In ‘Scholar Preferences’ set the Bibliographic Manager option to ‘Show links to import citations into RefWorks’
    Search results will allow direct export to RefWorks
  • 12. RefWorks
    Exporting from SFX
  • 13. RefWorks
    Editing References
    Once imported, references can be edited to include:
    All major fields
    Notes by multiple users
    The ‘Global Edit’ option allows you to edit a field in a group of references
  • 14. RefWorks
    Organizing References
    Folders can be created without limit
    Imported references go by default into ‘Last Imported’ folder
    These can be moved into any folder
  • 15. RefWorks
    Viewing Groups of References
    Individual folders can be viewed by selecting ‘View’ and ‘Folder’
    You may also view all references that are not in folders
    Exact or closely matching duplicate references can be viewed by selecting ‘View’ and ‘Duplicates’
  • 16. RefWorks
    Creating a Bibliography
    Bibliographies can be created in a number of citation styles plus custom styles
    Bibliographies can be created from a folder or from all references
    Bibliographies must be checked for accuracy!!!
  • 17. RefWorks
    Searching References
    Searches can be conducted using a variety of fields across all references or within folders
    Searches can be saved
    RefWorks also permits browsing by author, descriptor, or publication
  • 18. Advanced RefWorks
  • 19. RefWorks
    Searching Other Library Catalogues
    RefWorks allows users to search a large number of catalogues from post-secondary institutions and other libraries world-wide
    References from these catalogues can be easily imported to a RefWorks account
  • 20. RefWorks
    Exporting References
    References can be exported to another bibliographic software program or to a .txt file for importing into another RefWorks account
    Select ‘References’ and ‘Export’
    Choose folder and output style
  • 21. RefWorks
    Importing References
    Select ‘References’ and ‘Import’
    Select the Data Source
    This can be a specific database or RefWorks Tagged Format
    See RefWorks help for instructions regarding individual databases
    Select the folder to which references will be imported
    Upload the .txt file
  • 22. RefWorks
    RefWorks RSS Reader
    RefWorks RSS reader can read RSS feeds from databases (TOCs, searches) as well as most other RSS content (blogs, newspapers, podcasts, etc.)
    Copy and paste an RSS URL into the reader. Download references
    Choose references to keep and import them into a folder
  • 23. RefWorks
    Author Profiles
    If this symbol appears beside an author’s name, RefWorks has a profile of that author.
    Click on the symbol to see the author’s position and institutional affiliation
  • 24. RefWorks
    Importing Web Pages using RefGrab-It
    RefGrab-It is a bookmarklet that sits on your browser
    ISBNs, DOIs, and RSS feeds
    If the above are not present, it will allow you to import the web page as a reference
  • 25. RefWorks
    Microsoft Word compatible add-in
    One click citations
    One click bibliography
  • 26. RefWorks
    Brian Jackson