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TESOL: Using RefWorks to Manage Your Sources and Citations

This guide will provide research support resources for TESOL students.

Access RefWorks and Get Quick Instructions

Be sure to check out our RefWorks InfoGuide for short step-by-step instructions so you can learn how to create a RefWorks Bibliography, Import References, and use Write-n-Cite.

Getting Started: Useful Guides and Links

Adding References

There are a number of ways to add citations to your RefWorks account:

1.     Direct export from the database with a single click (e.g. Academic Search Premier, etc.)

2.     Direct export from the WU catalog

3.     In databases that don’t support direct export, export references to a text file and then import to RefWorks (e.g. WU Classic Catalog)

4.     Search within RefWorks

5.     Manually enter references


Importing References for Databases

Many online databases make it simple to import citations into RefWorks. Below find information on importing from your favorite database. 

  • Import instructions for specific databases and vendors (i.e., EBSCOhost, Google Scholar, PubMed)

Understanding the Icons

When you are viewing your references (all references, a folder of references or search results) you will notice that every reference has its own Action Bar.  The icons in the Action Bar identify certain functions:

magglass.jpgView - clicking on View displays the full reference (only the fields with information will display)

cite.jpgCite - displays the Citation Viewer used by One Line/Cite View to insert temporary citation placeholders into a document.

edit.jpgEdit - allows you to edit the existing reference information.

addmylist.jpg Add to My List - allows you to place the selected reference in the My List temporary folder.

attachment.jpgAttachments - indicates files are attached to the reference.  When you mouseover the attachment icon, the file name(s) appear.  Clicking on a specific file name will launch the file (provided you have the appropriate software to view the file on your computer).

comment.jpgComments - displays any comments made by others who access your shared references.

In addition to the individual reference action bar, below the standard information (Title, Author, Source) you will now see two new items:

Folders - if the reference is stored in a folder (or folders) you will see the folder name(s) listed.  You can click on a specific folder name to access all the references in that folder.  This is an option that you select from the Customize area.

Link Resolver - if your organization uses a link resolver, you will see either the name or a logo for the link resolver.  Clicking on that link or icon  may provide you with access to the full text of an article or identify if that reference is available locally at your organization.  This option must be established by your local RefWorks Administrator in the RefWorks Administrator Tool.