Here we focus on using the reference manager ProQuest RefWorks. You'll learn how to add references to your RefWorks database and how to manage them. Other reference managers have similar options.
There are several ways of adding references to ProQuest RefWorks. The method you use depends on the method(s) available to you in the online source (database, catalogue, website or search engine) from which you want to import references.
On this page you find step-by-step guides explaining how to get references from particular University Library databases into your RefWorks database.
There are several methods:
ProQuest RefWorks will upload the file(s) and extract the metadata from the pdf-document(s). This can take some time. Make sure you check the information extracted!
In general, this works as follows:
Please note: When you import references from online sources, always check the imported data. RefWorks imports the data in the format supplied by the source database or catalogue. This data may write to the wrong fields or contain punctuation errors. RefWorks can't check the imported information for correctness or completeness, only a human being knowing the context can do that. In Checking Added References (PDF) you can find tips.
One way of organizing the references in your RefWorks database is to save references in folders and subfolders. You can place a single reference in multiple folders. You can, for example, put references in folders based on topic or subtopic, source or chapter of your paper. In the video Organizing Imported References into Folders in New RefWorks (3:42)
You can also attach files, for example, a PDF file of the article.
You can add tags to the references or use the custom fields option in ProQuest RefWorks to add keywords or personal notes. To add custom fields:
You can manage your custom fields by clicking your name in the left upper corner and choosing settings. You can find the Custom Fields option between the Dropbox option and the Password option.
You can see some examples in our test RefWorks account: