Attaching Your Research Paper in RefWorks

Tired of the dog eating your papers, or losing your jump drive? Want to save a draft of your paper in the cloud? You can do it in RefWorks.

First, save your paper either on your computer or on a jump drive. Now, open RefWorks and create a citation.

To create a citation in RefWorks go to References, click Add New. Type your own name as author, and if you wish, give it a title–the same as your paper or the name of the class.

Using the citation you created above, click the Edit symbol: a pencil resting on a pad of paper. The Edit Reference screen appears. Scroll down to the word Attachments, click Browse. Locate your saved paper, click Open. Click Save & Add New.

You should now see a paperclip next to the other icons in the Ref ID line. Also an MS Word icon, a large W positioned over a sheet of paper, will appear under Attachments.

Viola! Your draft is now in the cloud.

To open the paper, click on the paperclip or the Word icon.

Sue Homant, Librarian Consultant

Attaching Full Text Articles to a RefWorks Reference

Have you ever printed out articles full text from a database only to discover days later that you are missing the last page or two? Or saved the article to your jump drive and can’t find it? Worry no more.

You can attach the full text of any article to its reference in RefWorks. Here’s how:

  1. Login to RefWorks in Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Export the reference to RefWorks.
  3. Save the article full text to either your computer or a jump drive.
  4. Go to RefWorks.
  5. Click the Edit symbol (paper and pencil)
  6. The reference box will pop up. Scroll down to Attachments. Click Browse.
  7. Find the saved article. Click Open.
  8. Click Save and Add New in the lower right.
  9. When you want to read the article, click the paper clip.

Congratulations! You now have an article full text in the cloud.

Librarian, Sue Homant


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

New Nursing Education in Video content added

Fourteen new videos have been added to the Nursing Education in Video database. Nursing Education in Video is a collection of 298 streaming videos. “All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board.”

Videos in this collection cover a variety of subjects and specialties from basic clinical skills to obstetrical nursing. The new additions include:

  • Respiratory Distress in the Pediatric Patient
  • Professionalism in Healthcare – (a demonstration of proper ways of interacting with patients, patients’ families, coworkers, and physicians.)
  • Pharmacology and the Healthcare Professional – (4 videos delivering an overview of how drugs act and interact with the body, food, the environment, and each other.)
  • How the Body Ages – (details how each bodily system changes as it ages, and the consequences on patients’ physical and mental well-being.)
  • Common Feeding Tubes - (the latest information and best practices for nasogastric intubation and replacement balloon gastrostomy tubes.)

Nursing Education in Video can be accessed through the library homepage:

1. click the Articles, Journals, + Databases tab at the top of the page

2. click the “N” under “Find databases by title”

3. Scroll down the list to “Nursing Education in Video”

Nursing Education in Video can be accessed off campus. For more information or assistance, contact any reference librarian.

Jill Turner (Reference Librarian)

Ebooks – No Kindle Required (or Nook)

Have you searched for a book in the library catalog and seen this?

The title field says electronic source, the location is UDM Electronic Resources, the shelving location is UDM electronic book, the call number ends with eb, and the status is Available online. What does it all mean?

It means that this book is not in the UDM collection in print and does not sit on a shelf. No ink, no paper. It is an ebook or electronic book. Most of the time, an ebook is a digitized version of a print book. The appearance and content are the same.

By clicking on , the book will open up on your computer screen. You can read it page by page, or navigate through by chapter. You can do a keyword search if you are only looking for a specific term. You can highlight text and take notes as you go. No Kindle, no Nook or any other specialized e-reading device is required.

Julia Eisenstein, Librarian Consultant

Sources for Historical Statistics

Need historical statistics to back up research for your American History paper?  Here are some readily available resources to help:

Historical Abstracts of the United States: from Colonial Times to 1970.  HA 202 .A385

Statistical Abstract of the United States HA202. A useful annual summary of census material.  The earliest volume the library owns is 1898.

Historical Statistics of Black America. E 185 .H543 1995

A good website is the Historical Census Browser from the University of Virginia which has searchable census data to 1960.

You can also check the catalog for the ebook Datapedia of the United States, 1700-2005: America year by year.

Interlibrary Loan

This may come as a surprise, but no library has every book or every journal.  But there is a method in place for obtaining a desired item when your library doesn’t have it. It’s called Interlibrary Loan (ILL). By using ILL, you can request a book or a journal article that the UDM library doesn’t have and our staff will obtain it from another library.

So how does it work? It’s simple. From the library portal page, click on the tab Books, Ebooks, +DVDs. You will see a brown button labeled Interlibrary Loan. Click on that and an electronic form will pop up. The form has two parts: one part is for your information and one part identifies the item you are interested in obtaining. Complete both parts of the form and submit your request. We take it from there. If you are requesting a book, our Interlibrary Loan Technician will research which library has the item you want and will request to have it sent here to UDM. You will be notified by email when it arrives and you will be able to check it out. The lending institution will determine how long you can borrow the book. When you are finished with the book, just return it to the UDM library and we will send it back to the lending institution.

If you’re request is for an article from a journal UDM does not have access to either in print or electronically, again our Interlibrary Loan Technician will obtain the article from another institution. You will receive an email notification when it arrives and you will be able to pick it up in the library.

There are materials libraries will typically not send through ILL such as rare books, textbooks, and audio-visual materials. For more information about Interlibrary Loan, check out the UDM Interlibrary Loan information page.

Julia Eisenstein, Librarian

Using My Account to create My Lists in the catalog

Did you know that you could mark and save book and journal titles for future reference right in the catalog? This catalog function may be useful in many ways. Maybe you need to keep track of the books that you have used for a research paper. Mark them on My Lists , then consult the list when it is time to compile your bibliography. Or, perhaps you want to keep track of library copies of class recommended texts. Or, maybe you just want to keep a list of the  DVD’s that you want to check out from the library. Whatever the reason, this feature may be of value to you.

1. To use this feature, first choose the book or journal that you would like to save by clicking the box to the left of the title.

2. Use the “Select an Action” drop down menu to “Add to My Lists”. Keep in mind that this is a TEMPORARY list only.

3. To make your list permanent, go to the Log In link in the top right corner of the webpage.

4. Your “Borrower ID is the 14-digit number on the front of your University ID card: 21723000xxxxxx.

5. Click on the “My Lists” link in the upper right hand corner of the webpage. You will see your Temporary list.

6. Once again, use the “Select an Action” drop down menu and choose “Save Temporary List”.

Your list is now permanent and will appear in the left hand column of the page.

As always, if you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact a librarian.

Jill Turner


Check out our new look!

If you’ve searched for a book, ebook, or DVD in the library during the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed the library catalog’s new, user-friendly interface.

The new format makes it easy to limit your results by format (e.g. books vs. dvd’s), publication date, subject heading, and language.

You can also text a book’s title and call number to your cell phone to take with you upstairs or downstairs in the stacks when you go to  retrieve the book.

Or, if you prefer, drop down menus allow you to print or email your results list to yourself, your classmates, or your professor.

Summer Listening

Are you planning a long drive this summer or planning to work on a project? How about taking an audiobook along for company, or an interesting story to listen to while you are working on your projects? McNichols Library has over 250 audiobooks that are brilliant, inspiring, funny, exciting, enjoyable, mysterious, and profound. Come discover a wonderful read you can listen to.


In the Garden of Beasts written by Erik Larson in 1933, President Roosevelt personally selected William E. Dodd to be the United States Ambassador to Nazi Germany. Dodd took his family with him, including his daughter Martha. Initially enamored with the Nazi party and its passion, Martha supported the Third Reich. However, when Hitler’s violent policies became apparent, Martha changed her opinion and watched in horror. Here, author Erik Larson offers a chilling first-person account of Germany’s transformation under Hitler’s rule. E748 D6 L37 2011ab

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks written by Rebecca Skloot. Her Name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells–taken without her knowledge–became one of most import tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of–from publisher description. RC 265.6 L24 S55 2009


(There are so many we cannot do justice to all of them so here is just one)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog written by Murial Barbery. The lives of fifty-four-year old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu. PQ 2662 A6523 E4413 2009b


The whole family may enjoy the Alexander McCall Smith series The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. We have several audiobooks in the series. In contemporary Botswana, sleuth Precious Ramotswe decides to go against tradition and start her own business–a detective agency. Soon she is in the thick of several perplexing cases. PR 6063 .C326 N6 2003, PR 6063 C326 M67 2003, PR 6063 T43 2003

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie written by Alan C. Bradley, first time author in his 70′s, is about eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce an aspiring chemist. When her father is arrested for murder she begins a search for the truth that will lead her all the way to the King of England It takes place in the 1950′s. It is a book written for the adults, but children with very large vocabularies may also enjoy it. PR 9199.4 B7324 S94 2009ab

Self Help

The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure written by Catherine Blyth is a wide-ranging, exhortatory look at the pleasures of great conversation, including strategies for how to bring it about. BJ 9199.4 B59 2009

Sizzling Summer Listening (definitely not for children!!!)

50 shades Trilogy: 50 Shades of Grey, 50 Shades Darker, 50 Shades Freed. This is listening for very private spaces, and only with the most intimate of companions. Oh, we’re blushing just typing this. PR 6110 a4555 2012

To see a complete list of the over 250 audiobooks use the keyword search in the catalog and type audiobook cd. The CDs are kept at the Check Out & Customer Service Desk.

Have a wonderful summer and happy listening!

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