October 2nd, 2008

Why Use RefWorks?

RefWorks rolled out at the beginning of the summer, but many learners are just discovering it now. It’s a great tool to help you stay organized and painlessly create bibliographies, but it’s not perfect and it can’t do everything.

So, if you’ve been on the fence about a RefWorks account, here are some important considerations that can help you decide.

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Pros:

  • Keep citation information about all of your resources in a single location. No more lost citations.
  • Access RefWorks anywhere you have an internet connection.
  • Organize your citations in folders as you see fit. Create as many or as few as you want.
  • Use Write-N-Cite to create your in-text citations and bibliography – don’t let a moment of distraction turn into plagiarism.
  • Link back to the full text in the database. Save space and paper.
  • Save time – let RefWorks take care of a lot of the data entry that makes bibliographise so time consuming.

Cons:

  • RefWorks isn’t as smart as you are. It’s just a computer program, so it will get some citation details wrong. Be sure you check your bibliography before you turn it in.
  • RefWorks can’t hold PDFs of articles. You’ll have to link back to the full text in the library.
  • If you have a ton of resources already, it can be tough to get them into RefWorks. RefWorks does import EndNote records and BibTex records, but if you just have a list in Word, it’s tough to move them over en masse.
  • Some databases don’t export records directly to RefWorks. Check the library’s guide about exporting articles from library databases.

– Erin

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