RefWorks Part 1 – The Best Tool You’ll Ever Love

I know what you’re thinking. It’s grueling, tedious and time-consuming. I’m referring to typing research papers and getting the in-text citations right and then typing that bibliography at the end with all that confusing formatting. Well, not anymore. UDM Libraries has a tool that makes the formatting of your citations oh so easy and its called RefWorks. Over the next three weeks, this blog will describe just how powerful a tool RefWorks can be when you are doing a research paper.

It begins with opening an account. Go to the library portal page Click on the third tab, Articles, Journals + Databases. Under Find databases by title, you will see the alphabet listed. Select the letter R. RefWorks is second on the list. Click into it and click .

As you do your research and find articles in the library databases, use the export feature found in most databases to load the citations into your RefWorks account. It is also possible to attach the articles to the citations in RefWorks (more on that next week). When you have completed your research, make sure all the citations of the articles you will be using in your paper have been loaded into RefWorks. When you are ready to begin typing your paper, go into your RefWorks account, click on Tools and download Write-N-Cite 4.  Upon successful completion of the download, you should see this at the top of the screen in Microsoft Word.

Click on Log In and enter your RefWorks account and password. You will also enter UDM’s Group Code, which you can obtain from the research desk.

Once you have logged in, set your style choice (MLA, APA, etc.) 

While typing your paper, click on the Insert Citation icon and select a citation each time you want to cite a source within the text of the paper . Continue typing and entering the citations as you go by clicking on the Insert Citation icon. RefWorks will put the citation in the text of the paper in the format style you selected.

When you have finished typing your paper and have entered all the citations within the body of the paper you will be ready for RefWorks to create your bibliography page. Place your cursor where you want the bibliography to begin. Click on Bibliography Options. Then click Insert Bibliography. Your bibliography will be created in the format style you selected. What would take you hours to do RefWorks does instantly!

Julia Eisenstein, Librarian