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February 14, 2006

Page numbers in–text citations

A number of users have asked about placing page numbers into in-text citations. This is especially important to show that you have actually read the work to which you're referring! If you're using a name and date referencing system, like the Harvard system, you can edit your citations using Write-N-Cite's citation editor facility.

To do this, place the cursor within your RefWorks citation in Word, then go into Write-N-Cite and click "Edit citation". To add page numbers, for example "p.24", type in "p.24" in the "Text following" column. When the document is formatted, "p.24" will then display after the in-text citation.

Curiously, you shouldn't use the "Specific page" column – you would only use this option if your output style by default displays the entire page ranges of your reference within the in-text citation.

You can also use the citation editor to do things like suppress the author or date from the in-text citation (useful if, for example, if you've mentioned the author's name within the body of the text immediately before the citation). You can even choose to suppress the entire citation – this way you can include in your bibliography works that helped you formulate your argument, but to which you don't refer directly in your text.

Unfortunately RefWorks does not currently support the use of page numbers (or other edited text) within the in-text citations of numbered output styles, like the Vancouver style. RefWorks' support staff have been told about this, and might be able to make changes to the software to allow this. To add page numbers here, you need to use the create bibliography function first, then in the Final- version of your document manually add the page numbers.


February 13, 2006

Library RefWorks pages

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/main/research/refworks/

We’ve made a small change to the library RefWorks information pages. Whereas before you had to log in before you could view the pages, now you’ll only need to log in if you want to find out the Group Code.

Hopefully, this will make the pages just that little bit easier for you to use.


February 10, 2006

RefShare

Writing about web page http://www.refworks.com/refshare.shtml

I've been taking a look at the promotional material for RefShare, and realised it doesn't quite do what I thought it might, i.e. it doesn't allow for more than one person to import data into the same folder (at least I don't think so).

What it allows for is placing folders of information on central institutional web pages. Some ideas I had for use of RefShare in this way are:

  • Tutors can post their folders onto the pages as reading lists;
  • Library staff could possibly put up folders as a quick start intorduction to the literature on a certain topic (how might this square against our desire to stop the spponfeeding of students?);
  • Researchers within a particular research group can easily share their resources with others in their group (it is possible to limit access to shared folders only to certain groups).

Does anyone have any other ideas? Is it worth trialling the module?


February 08, 2006

Databases supporting Direct Export

Following some recent training sessions, a number of people have asked which databases support direct exports (where references can be downloaded automatically into Refworks) has arisen. Although RefWorks provide a list of supported services (see the Refworks Direct Export services page) , this only lists the platform/software (e.g. OVID, CSA), rather than providing the names of databases themselves.

Some people have commented that they don't always know the name of the software and so find it difficult when importing their references to RefWorks and feel it would be useful to have this information somewhere on the library's webpages.

There are two ways we could try to do this. Firstly, in the A-Z list of databases, the RefWorks logo could be displayed next to supported databases. The second way is to have a list (either split by the platform or subject-based) giving the databases supported.

If anyone has any views on which they would find most useful, please post your comments below.


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