Announcing RefWorks and EndNote Reference Management Software

After requests from the University community and seeing a demonstration of its capabilities, the Henderson Library recently purchased a subscription to the RefWorks citation style manager service.  It is a web-based application that allows you to automatically transfer citations from most GALILEO databases and other sources and then instantly format those citations and put them into your papers using whichever citation style you wish, including APA, MLA and Turabian.

In addition, Information Technology Services has purchased EndNote for the University community.  It is now available for download at https://download.georgiasouthern.edu/gsu_download/index.php.  Supporting information for the software is available here http://www.endnote.com/ and you can see detailed comparisons of the features of RefWorks, EndNote and other related software here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_management_software.  It is possible to transfer citations from EndNote to RefWorks.

What does RefWorks do?

* Create a personal database online – Store an unlimited number of records accessible from any computer linked to the Internet. No downloading software or installation required.

* Import references automatically from multiple databases – Search results from a wide variety of databases can be automatically exported into RefWorks with the click of a button.

* Organize and manage references – Sort and file references quickly and easily using folders, duplicate search, and author, keyword, and periodical indexes.

* Share references – Using the Internet, easily collaborate with members of your own institution or globally with other researchers, faculty members, or students.

* Format bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds – Save hours of typing time and decrease the number of errors made when creating tedious bibliographies. Easily make changes to your paper and reformat in seconds.

To support this new service we offer assistance at the Learning Commons Desk as well as a new Introduction to RefWorks workshop that is available to groups or individuals by appointment.  Go to the University Training website http://library.georgiasouthern.edu/workshops.html to register.  Questions and comments may be directed to our RefWorks specialist librarian, Tony Ard, at 912-478-5645 or tony_ard@georgiasouthern.edu .

To get to RefWorks, go to the login http://library.georgiasouthern.edu/refworks/ page or look for it on the GALILEO Databases A-Z list.  There you will also find links to supporting materials such as the Quick Start Guide http://library.georgiasouthern.edu/refworks/RefWorks_Quick_Start_Guide.pdf FAQ   http://library.georgiasouthern.edu/refworks/RefWorks%20Frequently%20Asked%20Questions.pdf and Tutorials http://www.refworks.com/tutorial/ .

Coming soon, a RefWorks workshop hosted by a representative from the company.  More details to follow.

–Tony Ard, Information Services Librarian

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