Searching with RefWorks

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Instructions for how to search your RefWorks databases as well as for how to use RefWorks' ability to search external library catalogs and PubMed

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Searching with RefWorks

  1. 1. Kay Cunningham, Library Director Plough Memorial Library Christian Brothers University Fall 2010 Getting Started with RefWorks at CBU: Searching with RefWorks 2.0
  2. 2. RefWorks is… <ul><li>Bibliographic Citation Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collecting references </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizing research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating bibliographies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborating with others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Available to CBU </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alumni </li></ul></ul>For help signing up, click the RefWorks link on the Library homepage
  3. 3. Internal Searches
  4. 4. Why you Search? <ul><li>Once your RefWorks database reaches a certain size, you won’t be able to remember everything that is in it </li></ul><ul><li>Remember you can create an unlimited number of folders within your database, and any of them can include an unlimited number of references </li></ul>
  5. 5. How you Search <ul><li>QuickSearch </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Search </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword </li></ul><ul><li>Searches all fields including Abstract and User-defined </li></ul><ul><li>Searches all your references </li></ul><ul><li>Default connector - OR </li></ul><ul><li>Searches all fields in combination </li></ul><ul><li>Available connectors – AND, OR, NOT </li></ul><ul><li>Search within folders </li></ul><ul><li>Special searches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Descriptor (Subject) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Periodical </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. QuickSearch The simplest option
  7. 7. Advanced Search - Author You can Search or Browse for Author names NOTE: You can edit author names so that they are uniform; notice the two variations for Stephen Abram Click the edit icon, correct the name, and Save
  8. 8. Advanced Search – Periodical Search Again, you can browse or search, as well as edit or delete any periodical titles Periodical titles may be spelled out or abbreviated according to the databases they are imported from
  9. 9. Advanced Search - Combinations Use AND, OR, or NOT to combine concepts Use the plus icon to add search fields; the “X” to remove them
  10. 10. Advanced Search – other Fields Any field is searchable…; you can even search for empty fields
  11. 11. Advanced Search - within a Folder Click the radio button, “From Selected Folders,” then make your choices
  12. 12. External Searches
  13. 13. Searching Online Catalogs or Databases <ul><li>RefWorks allows you to connect to selected external resources for easy import of references: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The PubMed Database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hundreds of Library Online Catalogs, including, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CBU’s Buccat </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Tips for Searching External Resources <ul><li>Run a preliminary search </li></ul><ul><li>50 is a good number for previewing, as well as the default </li></ul><ul><li>Once you see the total number available, re-set the maximum number of references and re-run the search </li></ul>g
  15. 15. Importing <ul><li>Select the references you want </li></ul><ul><li>Random selections </li></ul><ul><li>All on the page, or </li></ul><ul><li>All or the list </li></ul><ul><li>Then click IMPORT to add them to your RefWorks account </li></ul>Note: using external databases directly gives you more options and flexibility; searches launched from RefWorks are usually simple searches
  16. 16. Getting Started with RefWorks at CBU: Searching with RefWorks <ul><li>See other handouts on: </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating with RefShare </li></ul><ul><li>Customizing Your Account </li></ul><ul><li>Making Bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Registering for an Account and Setting Up a Database </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Folders </li></ul><ul><li>Write N Cite </li></ul>

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