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Is citing your references bogging you down? RefWorks can save time… and save the day

Gathering citations for a paper? Good news! With RefWorks citation management software, correct documentation begins the moment you locate pertinent references in the library’s many databases. You no longer need worry about misspelling an author’s name or forgetting to record a date of publication, because RefWorks captures all essential data.

The plug-in Write-N-Cite then enables you to choose a documentation style, such as APA or MLA, create in-text references or footnotes and format your bibliography as you type your papers. No more last-minute flipping through style manuals!

Because RefWorks is web-based, you can access your research from any Internet-connected location. References can be organized into folders and retrieved later on by any term contained in the file. In addition, Falvey’s “Find it” icon is included, making it easy for students to locate the full text of journal articles. Finally, the RefShare feature facilitates group projects by letting students share their research.

Faculty can also take advantage of RefWorks to organize their research and can use RefShare to compile and e-mail lists of required readings to their students.

Want to get started? Access RefWorks from the Falvey home page by clicking the Databases A-Z link, the Help tab or simply use the search space for the library web site.

Your Villanova LDAP ID and password are required. Once logged in, create your own personal account. Then spend a little time getting familiar with RefWorks by viewing the tutorial.

RefWorks or EndNote? Because it is web based and intuitively designed, RefWorks is sure to be a favorite. However, Falvey will continue to support EndNote, another popular citation management package.

For more information, contact the appropriate library subject liaison team, Alfred Fry or Barbara Quintiliano. 

Adapted from the September 2008 article by Barbara Quintiliano

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Last Modified: March 26, 2009