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Introduction to RefWorks

RefWorks is web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Organize your research

  • Build a bibliography in a variety of formats

  • Import references from many data sources

  • Create bibliographies in different document formats (Word, RTF, HTML, etc.)

Create a RefWorks account by logging onto RefWorks through the library website and clickin g Help -- Research Help -- RefWorks -- Sign up for an individual account.

Exporting references from Academic Search Complete into Refworks

1. Conduct a search in Academic Search Complete using keywords relevant to your research project.

2. At the search results page, click Add next to the records to export.

3. Once you have added all of the records you want to export, click Folder has items.

4. Select the records to export.

5. Click Export.

6. Select Direct Export to RefWorks and click Save.

7 . When prompted to log into RefWorks do so using your login name and password.

8. Once you have logged into RefWorks your references will automatically be imported from Academic Search Complete.

9. You can view your references by clicking View last imported folder.

Working with folders in RefWorks

Organize your references in RefWorks by creating folders.

  • To create a folder, go to Folders and click Create New Folder.
  • Name the new folder according to class, research topic or other organizational tool. Click OK.
  • References can be moved into folders by checking the boxes next to the record and then using the Put in folder drop menu.

Creating Bibliographies

  • To create a bibliography, click the bibliography tab from any screen within RefWorks.

  • Select Format a bibliography from a list of references.

  • Select the citation style you want the bibliography created in.

  • RefWorks allows users to create bibliographies in different file types such as HTML, Word for Windows or Word for Mac. Select the appropriate file type for your bibliography.

  • You have the option to include ALL of the references in your RefWorks database or references from a specific folder .

  • Select either All References or References from Folder and then select the appropriate folder.

  • Click Create Bibliography.

  • Save the bibliography to the appropriate location.

For additional assistance contact Lydia Jackson, Instruction Librarian ( or 618-650-2604) or the Information Desk (618-650-INFO).

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