Q: How is RefWorks different from Legacy RefWorks?
A: RefWorks and Legacy RefWorks are web-based citation managers that are free for Yale affiliates. The biggest difference between the two is that RefWorks looks more modern and integrates with Google Docs. For both options, you must be online to use them.
If you'd like a citation manager that does not require connection to the Internet, try Zotero.
It's easy to generate a bibliography using RefWorks!
First, add citations to your New RefWorks library, where you can group citations into folders to organize your research based on topic, project, or paper. When you're ready to generate a bibliography, select Create Bibliography from the top toolbar.
See below for step-by-step details on how to enter citations and set-up Write-N-Cite for Google Docs and Word.
Use RefWorks to save, organize, and keep track of references found online, in Orbis (the Yale Library catalog), and in library databases (such as Articles+, JSTOR, ProQuest).
How to add references from the Internet
Install the Save to RefWorks browser plugin first.
After the browser plugin is installed, make sure you're logged in. Go to a webpage that contains a citation or information about a citation. On your browser's favorites toolbar, select save to RefWorks. You can select the citation(s) you want, edit them if necessary, and add them to your RefWorks collection.
How to add references from a database or other citation manager
This method is great for batches of records.
How to add references by searching a database within RefWorks
This feature is good for adding known references to your RefWorks collection. For broad searches about a topic, you may want to use the search and filter features of your favorite database. Some external databases, like JSTOR, even have a built-in export-to-RefWorks feature.
How to add citations manually
This is a last resort! It's better to import references than to create them.
If you have to add references manually:
How to install the RefWorks Add-on
How to open the RefWorks sidebar in Google Docs
How to insert a reference in Google Docs
How to install the RefWorks Citation Manager (the new version of Write N Cite)
How to insert a reference in Microsoft Word
Have you been using Legacy RefWorks? Check out the information here as you prepare to upgrade.
Note: Documents created in Legacy RefWorks with Write-N-Cite are not compatible with New RefWorks. You can upgrade documents created in Legacy RefWorks to be compatible with New RefWorks. Always save a copy first!