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RefWorks Basics

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Manage citations and create bibliographies easily using RefWorks software.

Manage citations and create bibliographies easily using RefWorks software.

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  • Personal bibliographic software managercapture, organize, store, share and manipulate dataKeep track of searched articles (won’t have to search for them more than once) and help streamline research process by storing searches in one placeHelps you organize your research while you do your research
  • - check boxes to add to e-shelf Go into e-shelf Highlight what you want to add, then hit little “Go” button to add to RW.
  • From AveryThe steps:Perform searchMark records you want to keepClick RefWorks button or enter marked records page, and then click RefWorks buttonImport the selected records
  • School of Architecture uses Chicago style.
  • Note in the 2nd paragraph of the DURING section: Anonymous with no other information. This is a website (non-scholarly) and something that should be watched closely when citing.
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    • 1. RefWorks: The Basics
      Save time and get organized!
    • 2. What is RefWorks?
      RefWorks is a research organization and referencing tool, which allows you to:
      Organize your research and create a database of citations and references to articles and books
      Create bibliographies and in-text citations
      Share resources and references with fellow students
    • 3. Let’s login!
      The University of Waterloo Group Code allows for off-campus authentication so you can access RefWorks from anywhere!
    • 4. Searching and Importing - Primo
      This is how you can add a single record from Primo directly…
    • 5. Searching and Importing - Primo
      … or you can mark records as you go and then add them to RefWorks through your e-shelf.
    • 6. Searching and Importing - Avery
      Mark the records you would like to add to your database. All you have to do next is hit the RefWorks button!
    • 7. Searching and Importing - Avery
      Hit the “Export to RefWorks” button and it will take the references right into RefWorks.
    • 8. Importing into RefWorks
      Make sure you’re watching… if the import doesn’t work, it will say so here. Just go back to your search and import the references again.
    • 9. View Last Imported Folder
    • 10. How to create a folder
      Step 1:
      Step 2:
    • 11. Moving information around
      RefWorks allows you to create multiple folders to store your information. You can transfer between folders by marking what you want to move and then simply choosing which folder to save it in.
    • 12. Creating Bibliographies
      You can add an entire folder to your bibliography or you can pick and choose by adding selected references to “My List.”
    • 13. Creating Bibliographies
      Next, click Bibliography – then choose your desired citation style to create the bibliography you want!
    • 14. Finished Bibliography (HTML)
      This next piece of information is very important: RefWorks is not perfect. Make sure you check you work before you submit anything. Notice how some names and places in this list should be capitalized…
    • 15. What else can RefWorks do?
      RefShare
      This feature allows you to share folders of references with group members
      To share a folder: Tools > Share References
      To view a shared folder: View > RefWorks Shared Area
    • 16. What else can RefWorks do?
      RefGrab-it
      • This feature allows you to use RefWorks to cite any websites you want to use during your research.
      • 17. Simply drag and drop the bookmarklet from the RefGrab-it download page (Tools > RefGrab-it) into your bookmark bar
    • RefGrab-it example
      Click the RefGrab-it bookmarklet when you have found a website that you want to add to your RefWorks database.
    • 18. RefGrab-it example
    • 19. RefGrab-it example
      It is important with websites to watch how the citation is written, as it could be missing information that is necessary. You can always modify the citation in RefWorks before adding it to your final reference list.
      The great part is how RefGrab-it notes the day that you accessed the information so you don’t have to remember!
    • 20. What else can RefWorks do?
      Write ‘n’ Cite
      • This feature allows you to add in-text citations to your papers as you’re writing them
      • 21. It will also insert a complete bibliography of the references you used when you’re done.
      • 22. Download the software from: Tools > Write ‘n’ Cite
    • Write ‘n’ Cite example
      Before:
      During:
    • 23. After:
      (The in-text citations won’t be bold. I added that for contrast.)
    • 24. Need help?
      Online tutorials:
      • From UW, Musagetes Library- http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/musagetes/refworkshelp.html
      • 25. From RefWorks - http://www.refworks.com/tutorial/
      Email:
      • RefWorks@library.uwaterloo.ca
      • 26. mmacfie@uwaterloo.ca
      Or stop by in person to chat about how RefWorks will save you time and trouble when researching and writing papers!

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