RefWorks now has a brand new interface! (Continuing users make sure to read to the end. There are some important tips, that I learned the hard way.) The new interface allows for easy editing, creating of folders, creating of bibliographies, sharing of folders, and more. It provides the same functionality as the Legacy RefWorks with a much more user-friendly look and feel.
RefWorks is an all-inclusive reference manager that allows you to collect, organize, read, annotate, and cite research sources. It’s an online service, meaning that you can access your research from anywhere that you have a computer and internet access, whether on-campus or off. Signing up is simple.
If you are already a RefWorks user, you know the high level of functionality it provides in saving your citations, creating bibliographies, and pairing with your word software.
If you are not yet a RefWorks user, take a minute to think about a software that stores all of your citation information and generates a first draft of your references page in seconds…. a dream come true.
For New RefWorks Users:
To learn more or to get started, the library has a RefWorks Guide with step-by-step instructions for everything you might want to know about RefWorks.
If you are ready to get started, you can create an account (using your La Verne email address) on the RefWorks homepage.
After you have set up an account, start searching in one of the library’s many databases for articles
to export to RefWorks.
For Continuing RefWorks Users:
You have a choice. Do you stay with the tried and true Legacy RefWorks? Or do you migrate over to the New RefWorks?
If you have been using RefWorks for a while there are some things you need to consider before deciding whether to continue using the Legacy RefWorks or migrate to the New RefWorks.
- Are you in the middle of working on a dissertation, thesis, or senior project? If so, you probably don’t want to learn the new software in the middle of your project. The Legacy RefWorks is scheduled to be available through next summer. If your timeline matches this, you may just want to stick with what you know and then migrate. If you are at the beginning of your dissertation process, you may want to migrate over now.
- Is migrating to the New RefWorks difficult? Nope! RefWorks has made the migration very easy. When you log into the Legacy RefWorks there is a link in the top left-hand corner to migrate. RefWorks takes care of the rest. One thing to note upon migrating: your username will now be the laverne email associated with your account, regardless of what it was in the Legacy RefWorks.
- Are you tempted to migrate and then see which one you like best? From personal experience, I would highly recommend not doing this. If you start exporting/importing into both versions be aware that the citations with only appear in the version you import them into. Pick one and go with it! Otherwise you will be missing citations that you will need. (Yes, you can imagine how frustrating this might be!)
- How is the best way to keep logging into Legacy RefWorks? RefWorks has created an intermediary page when you export from a database allowing you to choose the RefWorks platform you want to use. From here, select the Legacy RefWorks. Alternatively, there is a link to the Legacy RefWorks on the RefWorks Guide or you may want to bookmark it in your browser. The New RefWorks is now linked from the Library Homepage.