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June 04, 2007

Write–N–Cite and Windows Vista

It’s recently come to our attention that the Write-N-Cite software used to format a bibliography does not work with Windows Vista. A Vista compatible version is in development, although there is not yet a release date for this.

In the meantime, users who want to create their bibliographies with RefWorks should do the following.

Inserting references
  1. Log in in to your RefWorks account as normal, using your web browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox).
  2. View your references by clicking View then All References (or you can just select a specific folder to view only those references).
  3. Under the option Switch to:, select One line/Cite view.
  4. To insert a specific reference, find it in the list and click Cite.
  5. A Citation Viewer window appears with your reference enclosed in curly brackets, e.g. {{Jones, 2006}}.
  6. Click Select Citation.
  7. Press Ctrl and C on the keyboard or select Edit from the menu at the top of the screen, followed by Copy.
  8. Click the Clear button.
  9. Start your word processor (e.g. Word) and open the document into which you want to insert the reference.
  10. Place the cursor where you want the reference to be added and press Ctrl and V on the keyboard or select Edit from the menu at the top of the screen, followed by Paste.
  11. Repeat the above steps as necessary to insert further references.
Formatting your bibliography
Once you have inserted your references using the method above, you will need to create your bibliography. To do this:
  1. Within RefWorks, click on Bibliography
  2. Select the output style (e.g. Harvard) required by your department.
  3. Select the option Format paper and bibliography.
  4. Under Document to format, click the Browse button.
  5. Find the document you have created and double click it to select it.
  6. Click on the Create Bibliography button

April 18, 2007

Creating a bibliography Offline

Although you need to be online for format your bibliography, it is possible to insert references into a document when you are off-line. Here’s how to do it.

First, you will need to print out or save your references to your computer. You need to be online to do this.
  1. Login to your RefWorks account and click on the References menu.
  2. Click Export
  3. Choose whether you want to export all your references, just those from a particular folder, or from a list you have created.
  4. Under Export Format, select Citation List and then click Export to File.
  5. A new window opens listing your references. Note how each one has a number to the left of it.
  6. Either print out this list or save it to your computer as a text file.
For the next part, you do not need to be online
  1. Type your document as normal. When you want to insert a reference, enter the number of the reference listed on your printout between two sets of curly brackets. So, if you want to enter the details of reference 139, type {{139}}.
  2. Save your document as normal when you are finished.
To create your final bibliography, you will need to go back online. However, you can complete this stage at any time.
  1. Load up Write-N-Cite and open the document you created off-line.
  2. Create your bibliography in the normal way by clicking Bibliography, then Create Bibliography. Your references will be automatically formatted into the correct standard.

Thanks to Martin Wolf of the University of Liverpool for drawing this to our attention.


March 13, 2007

Creating a standalone bibliography

Did you know you can create a standalone bibliography from your RefWorks references without having to use Write-N-Cite to insert references manually into a separate document?

Using the instructions below, you can create a bibliography from all your references, from references stored in a specific folder, or using only references you have selected.

  1. Within RefWorks, click on the Bibliography menu.
  2. Under Output Style, select the citation style you want to use to format your bibliography.
  3. Make sure the option Format a bibliography from a list of references is selected.
  4. Under File Type, select Word for Windows. Note: If you are using a version earlier than Word 2000, you will need to select RTF (Rich Text Format) here instead.
  5. Under Include select All References (to use everything in your RefWorks account), My List (to use items you have previously marked) or choose a specific folder from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click Create Bibliography.
  7. The file can now be saved to disk as normal and opened in Word. Alternatively, you can send it to any valid email address.

February 12, 2007

Write N Cite

A user recently reported that although RefWorks was allowing them to login using their New Athens (AthensDA) details (these are the same as your normal PC login details), Write N Cite was prompting them for their old Athens password. If this happens to you, try the following:
  1. At the screen labelled Athens Authentication Point, click on Alternative login
  2. On the screen Organisations who use Athens access management, click the + next to universities
  3. Click on University of Warwick, then click Go at the next screen (which has a green arrow on it).

You should now get the usual Warwick login page and be able to login using your standard computer username and password.


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