‘New’ RefWorks: Getting Started & Adding References

by Susan Morton on 2019-09-16T09:00:00-03:00 in Resource Spotlight | Comments

NSHA Library Services provides employees with access to ProQuest® RefWorks. ProQuest® RefWorks is a web-based citation manager. It allows you to create your own database of citations by downloading, storing and sharing references, and formatting bibliographies.

There are two versions of RefWorks: Legacy RefWorks (RW2) and the new ProQuest® RefWorks. If you prefer to use Legacy RefWorks, you may continue to do so, but be aware that there will only be continuous improvements and updates made in ProQuest® RefWorks. We encourage you to use this new version of RefWorks.

Get Started with a ProQuest® RefWorks Account

To set up a new account, enter your NSHA email address here. Follow the prompts and create a password you will remember. Existing users of Legacy RefWorks (RW2) can click New Move to the newest version of RefWorks from ProQuest on the top left-hand side of the page. Follow the instructions to convert to the latest version.

Start Your Research by Adding References to Your Database

One of the interesting features of ProQuest® RefWorks is that you can add references manually, even if you only have a bit of info about an item, such as the title. Click Add then Create new reference to open the editor box on the right-side of the page. Try typing the title of an article in the Title field, then clicking the blue lightning bolt icon . Suggested reference matches will show at the bottom of the editor. Once you find and select a matching reference, ProQuest® RefWorks will automatically fill in the relevant fields. Check out this YouTube video to see it in action.

You can also export references from a database to ProQuest® RefWorks. This video provides guidance on exporting directly from databases, dragging and dropping references from PubMed to ProQuest® RefWorks, and adding references using the Save to RefWorks button.

Remember to log in to ProQuest® RefWorks before starting your research. If you have questions about ProQuest® RefWorks, contact me directly or AskLibrary@nshealth.ca. For more support, visit our RefWorks & Citation Management subject guide for step-by-step guidance on exporting and importing citations.

Stay tuned to our blog for more ProQuest® RefWorks updates. Next time, we’ll highlight formatting in-text citations and creating a bibliography. Until then! 

Susan Morton

Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Western Zone

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