RefWorks is a programme that helps you in collecting, organising, citing and sharing references. You can also add notes to the references, add PDFs and generate bibliographies.
The UU has a licence for Refworks. After you have left Utrecht University, you can keep on using RefWorks (provided that you make some changes to your profile).
Below you will find how it works:
If you have not made the switch to RefWorks3/New RefWorks, we strongly recommend you to do so! As of June 30, 2023, only (New) Refworks is available. The info below may help you with this step:
This is how you create a personal account for RefWorks-3:
* Pay attention: do you already have a legacy RefWorks account? Choose for your new account a new, different password. When the log-in details are the same for both accounts this can become problematic.
Please note: Using a browser extension for content filtering and ad blocking may block RefWorks.Pop-ups must be allowed.
Large search systems such as WorldCat, Google Scholar, Scopus, Web of Science etc. offer the option "direct export" (in Google Scholar "import into RefWorks"). Importing via a ris.file also works very well.
How to import references is explained in the video Exporting references to Refworks.
As an addition to this video we have the following specific information for WorldCat:
For an (e-)book or a section of an (e-)book, use WorldCat
This how you do it:
Manually adding references, adding PDFs etc is explained in the video Creating references and adding documents within RefWorks.
See also the RefWorks User Guide.
Carefully look at the references you imported into RefWorks.
Check if all references you need in a bibliography are correct and complete. If not, make modifications and make the reference complete.
Watch the video Editing references in RefWorks to learn how to do that.
You may also add a PDF to your reference.
After you have imported references into RefWorks, you can organise them by saving them in folders.
Watch the video Organizing references with folders in RefWorks to learn how to do that.
See also the RefWorks User Guide.
It may happen that you have included the same reference several times, that means you will have to deduplicate. This is easiest if all references are in the same folder.
RefWorks allows including in-text refererences or references in your footnotes.
Watch the video Writing with RefWorks to see how it works.
To add references to a document you need to download the right add-on. For instance:
Your choice depends on the operating system of your computer (Windows / Mac) and the version of Word or Google Docs.
We advise you to use the most recent version of Word / Office 365.
All UU users can update via the UU to a Word version that supports RCM: https://students.uu.nl/en/free-software
Check this overview (in the RefWorks User Guide) to find which is he best add-on for you
If you have the choice between WnC and RCM, choose RCM
If you use neither Word nor Google Docs, choose Quick Cite.
You can create a bibliography after you have added references to your text or from your RefWorks database (create bibliography).
If you want to work together on a document, it is useful to be able to share your references.
Watch this video to learn how to do this Organizing references with folders in Refworks.
The second part of the video is about sharing folders.
See also the RefWorks User guide.
You can also export your references to a file. This file you can give to somebody else.
If you might decide to use another reference management tool, you can import the file into the other programme.
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