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RefWorks Support - Health Sciences

1. What is RefWorks?

This video provides an overview of reference management software, describes the main features of RefWorks, and provides an overview of what will be covered in this module.

YouTube: RefWorks 1. Introduction to RefWorks [5:34]

Note: This video shows an older stand-alone version of Write-N-Cite that has been replaced with a new version that integrates directly into Microsoft Word as a plugin. 

2. Creating a RefWorks New Account

This video starts with the Library's "RefWorks and Write-N-Cite" help guide to show you how to create a RefWorks account and how to login. 

YouTube: RefWorks 2. Creating a New Account [2:24]

3. Exploring the RefWorks User Interface

The "User Interface" video [9:46] makes a brief tour of the most important features of RefWorks' user interface. 

YouTube: RefWorks 3. User Interface [9:46]

4. RefWorks Settings

This video shows how to customize and add citation style shortcuts to RefWorks' user interface.

YouTube: RefWorks 4. Settings [3:51]

5. Methodologies for Importing References

There are four main ways to capture citations into RefWorks.

  1. Typing in by hand (covered briefly in section 3 in this module).
  2. Importing a formatted text file from a database.
  3. Direct export from a database.
  4. Using the Search > Online Catalog or Database option inside RefWorks.

The subsequent Library Research modules that describe searching various research databases each have a section describing how to import references from them into RefWorks.

6. Organizing References Using Folders

Folders let you sort your references by topic, assignment, class, or whatever label you choose. You'll appreciate this after you have amassed a sizable collection of references.

YouTube: RefWorks 6. Organizing References Using Folders [2:56]

7. Sharing References in Group Work

There are three techniques that allow you to share references with a group. Creating a "throw-away" group account that everybody in your group has full access to, combined with folder sharing or read-only access to allow you to share outside the group is the killer combination.

YouTube: RefWorks 7. Sharing References in Group Work [5:13]