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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography manager that allows you to create your own personal bibliographic database by importing citations from the HELIN catalog, research databases, and other sources. You can then use these saved citations in writing your papers and automatically format the paper's parenthetical notes and the bibliography in your preferred style such as APA or MLA quickly and easily.

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How do I sign up for a RefWorks account?


RefWorks is listed on our databases A-Z list under R, or go directly to RefWorks. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your name (firstname lastname) and your library barcode number before you can access RefWorks. Each user of RefWorks must sign up for a free individual account by choosing a username and password. Click the link labeled "Sign up for an Individual Account". Enter the requested info to create your account. For more help, see the RefWorks account sign-up guide.

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How do I save citations for use in my bibliography?

To export citations for items found in the HELIN library catalog, follow these steps:

1. Run your search in the HELIN catalog and find titles on your topic.

2. Mark the titles that you want using the check box to the left of the title.

3. Click on Save Marked Records.

4. Click on View All Saved Records.

5. Click on View and Export your saved records.

6. Under Format, choose EndNote/Refworks. Under Send List To, choose Screen.

7. Highlight and copy (Ctrl-C) the text of the citations.

8. Login to your Refworks account. In the top menu bar under References, choose Import.

9. Choose Innovative Interfaces INNOPAC (Endnote/Refworks Format) as the Import Filter/Data Source.

10. Choose Endnote/RefWorks Format as the Database.

11. Make sure the Import Data from the following text button is selected.

12. Paste the copied text of the citations into the text box in RefWorks.

13. Click the Import button that is located below the text box and your references will be imported into your RefWorks account.

14. You should get a message that says Import completed and it states the the number of citations imported.

15. To view your citations, choose View last imported. These citations are now saved for future use in a bibliography.

To export citations from a research database such as Academic Search Complete or JSTOR, follow the directions available at the RefWorks help guide for the specific database you are using. Many research databases support direct export of citations from their databases into RefWorks.

To save webpage citations to your RefWorks account, see the RefWorks help guide on Capturing Web Page Data With RefGrab-It.

To add additional citations manually, see the RefWorks help guide on Adding References Manually.

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How do I create a bibliography?


See the RefWorks help guide on Creating A Simple Reference List.

More RefWorks help


RefWorks Quickstart Guide (PDF)

RefWorks Tutorials

RefWorks Help Guide index

Using Folders To Organize Your References

Creating and Formatting your Paper and Bibliography: Includes info on the Write N'Cite plugin which allows you to integrate your RefWorks citations into a Microsoft Word document for creating parenthetical notes and a bibliography.

Managing References


What alternatives are there to RefWorks?

The library also provides access to the premium version of EasyBib which is an online tool to help you properly format citations. Another alternative is Zotero, which is a free add-on to the Firefox browser which helps you collect, organize, and cite your research sources.

Need more help? Call the Info Desk at 401-341-2289.

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