Refworks Basics

RefWorks lets you:

  • import records from ALADIN databases (examples: ALADIN Catalog, ProQuest Research Library, PsycINFO) into your personal database
  • type in your own records
  • format citations into the style you select (APA, MLA, etc.) for footnotes, bibliographies, and reference lists
  • create folders to organize your citations
  • insert formatted references into MS Word documents (Write-N-Cite)
  • share your references with other people

RefWorks:

  • is free for Gallaudet students, faculty, and staff members
  • is accessible from any location via the Internet
  • provides lots of online help (Quick-Start Guide, self-paced tutorials, etc.)

Getting into RefWorks:

From Library's home page (library.gallaudet.edu), click on RefWorks in the "Research Help" box in the middle column.  If you are off-campus, you will have to login to ALADIN
  • first time users: Sign up for an individual account
  • if you already have an account, just log in
  • If you are prompted for the Group Code, please contact library.help@gallaudet.edu or go to our Contact Information page to get in touch with us, and we'll give you that information.

Create folder(s) for your project(s):

NOTE: You can create as many folders as you want.
  • use the Folders tab in RefWorks
  • Create New Folder
  • name your folder and click OK

Importing information into RefWorks:

You can import information (citations, abstracts, etc.) from any of Gallaudet's databases (including the ALADIN catalog) as well as other products such as Google Scholar and PubMed.
  • See the guide for the source you want to use

Creating bibliographies:

  • using RefWorks directly
    1. use the Bibliography tab
    2. select the Output Style of your bibliography (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
    3. choose Format a Bibliography from a List of References
    4. pick a File Type to Create (HTML, MS Word, Rich Text, etc.)
    5. choose the References to Include, probably a specific folder
    6. click Create Bibliography

    OR

  • use the utility program called Write-N-Cite (see separate section below)

Sharing folders:

Why?
  • to review students' proposed bibliography
  • to get feedback from your instructor or from others with the same or similar projects
  • to share lists of favorite readings
How?
  • use the Folders tab
  • select Share Folders
  • choose your options from the many options including:
    1. e-mailing URL for folder
    2. allowing printing, etc. by users
    3. allow comments from users
    4. check usage statistics for your folder(s)

Write-N-Cite:

  • a utility program that works with Microsoft Word to add citations and create a bibliography in your document
  • must be downloaded and installed on each computer (must have Admin privileges for campus computers)
How?
  • create a Word document
  • open Write-N-Cite and select the folder you want to use for this document
  • type your paper up to the point where you want to add an in-line citation
  • find the desired reference and click Cite at the beginning of that line
  • edit the citation as needed
  • when finished with paper, save the Word document
  • click on the Bibliography link
  • select your Output Style and click Create Bibliography
  • Write-N-Cite will create a new Word document with "Final-" appended to the beginning of your document name

Wrap-up:

  • Many more features - experiment with it !!!
  • Contact the Library with questions:
    1. IM: GallyLibraryIS
    2. E-mail: library.help@gallaudet.edu
    3. Individual librarians for an appointment

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Prepared by Jane Rutherford
Reference and Instruction Librarian
April, 2008
Modified: October, 2008
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