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RefWorks Workshop


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RefWorks Workshop

  1. 1. Getting Started Using RefWorksLinda Neyer, Health Sciences/Sciences LibrarianRevised 3/2013
  2. 2. What is RefWorks?• RefWorks is a web-based service that allows users to build their own personal research database. This service is available to BU faculty, staff, and students• RefWorks enables users to organize, edit, link to available full-text, cite references, and prepare bibliographies• Because it is entirely web-based you can access it from any computer with Internet access
  3. 3. Create an Account• Access RefWorks from the Library’s home page > Citing > RefWorks• Remote Users: Enter through the Library’s web page via the same path BU Group Code = RWBUP Exercise 1: Create your own individual RefWorks account
  4. 4. Creating Your DatabaseThere are multiple ways to enter references into RefWorks:• Direct import (from an online database service like EBSCOhost, Proquest, Web of Science, WorldCat, Google Scholar etc.)• Import from a text file (records from PILOT, the online catalog)• Entering references manually (alternative to Citation Machine or EasyBib)
  5. 5. Direct Import from an Online Database Service• After performing a search in Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost), save records in folder, click on Folder Has Items• Select desired records, then Export• Select Direct Export to RefWorks and then Save• When the import is complete, Edit Fields if necessary• Select View Last Imported Folder to view the records from Academic Search Complete Exercise 2: Perform a direct import of references from the Academic Search Complete database to RefWorks
  6. 6. Organizing Your ReferencesOrganize your research by creating folders for your references:• Inside RefWorks click on the button New Folder and name your folder• To put your recently imported references into this folder select All in List and click on the drop-down menu to select your recently created folder• Now the references that you imported from Academic Search Complete are in the appropriate folder Exercise 4: Create a new folder
  7. 7. Creating BibliographiesTo create a Bibliography or Works Cited page using thereferences in this folder click on the Bibliography link onthe navigation bar and work top-down:•Choose the desired Output Style from the drop-downmenu•Select a File Type to Create (probably Word)•Select References to Include•Now Create Bibliography Exercise 5: Create a bibliography using references in folder
  8. 8. Writing and Citing Your PaperTo create a paper using the RefWorks Write-n-Cite feature• Launch/Download the Write-n-Cite Program• Open your MS Word document• Put the cursor in your Microsoft Word document where the reference should be inserted; click Cite next to the appropriate reference to insert placeholders• Save your document (note: depending on which Write-n- Cite version you’re using, these directions may vary. Check the Help videos) Exercise 6: Download and use Write-n-Cite
  9. 9. Generating In-text Citations and a Bibliography for Your PaperAfter your paper with in-text placeholder citations is complete, generate your bibliography by following these steps:• Using the same document and the Write-n-Cite feature, click on Bibliography• Select the Output Format• Click on Create Bibliography• Save your new MS Word document Exercise 7: Create a Bibliography
  10. 10. Entering Records Manually• Access your RefWorks account and from the navigation bar select References > Add New Reference• Select Output Style, Folder, Ref Type, and Source Type• Enter bibliographic information in the boxes provided• Click on Save Reference when finishedThe do-it-yourself lobotomy : open your mind to greater creative thinking by Tom Monahan, New York : Wiley, c2002. Exercise 8: Manually enter the above book citation into RefWorks
  11. 11. Importing References from Google Scholar• Navigate to Google Scholar ( on campus; if off-campus use link from Library site)• In upper right corner, click Settings > Bibliography Manager > RefWorks and ‘Save Preferences’• A link to ‘Import to RefWorks’ will appear in any search results• When record is sent, it opens an ‘Edit Reference’ screen; edit and ‘Save’ to desired folder [Caveat: GS provides minimal info and often no abstract so you’ll want to beef up the info] Exercise 9: Import record(s) from Google Scholar into RefWorks
  12. 12. Additional Features• Search PILOT, our catalog, from within RefWorks (to add records to RefWorks)• Use RefShare (to share folders with colleagues and students)• Use RefGrab-It (to ‘grab’ bibliographic information from web pages like• Check out ‘Help’ tutorials and files within Refworks• Ask a librarian for help!