Schwerdtfeger Library News -- June 2004

Schwerdtfeger Library News - July 2004

By Jean Phillips, Librarian




Meteorology and Literature: A Librarian's Perspective by Jinny Nathans, Archivist, AMS

Jinny Nathans, AMS Archivist, examines meteorology's evolution from meticulously recorded observations to the development of computer models, and their interrelationship. "While many disciplines have virtually abandoned literature-based research and communication, this method is alive and flourishing in meteorology." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society v.85, no.5, May 2004, pp.735-736.

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The campus libraries have licensed access to RefWorks, a citation management tool, which allows you to create bibliographies according to a specific style, perform in-text citation and create footnotes. Because it is web-based, RefWorks is available to users across various platforms including Windows, Mac, and Unix. RefWorks is Unicode compliant and allows collaborative groups to share subject databases.

You can import search results from a number of databases, including:

For databases where there is no direct import, you can export your results as a text file and then import them into RefWorks.

The “write and cite” feature, allowing you to cite from within Microsoft Word, is intended for use with Internet Explorer. To use it you must first install the plugin. Mac users should use the "cite" feature which appears to the left of each reference in RefWorks.

RefWorks comes equipped with many output styles, including AMS, AGU, AIP, IEEE, Science and Nature. If a particular style is not represented, you may edit to create your own.

How to get started using RefWorks? Go to: where you'll find basic instructions. Click on RefWorks Login, and then sign up for an individual account. Note that you have the option of creating multiple databases or creating one database with many folders. At this point you are ready to import citations.

Another good tutorial is available at:

Look for an announcement later in the summer for an in-house library workshop on using Research Databases in the Atmospheric Sciences which will incorporate a module on RefWorks.

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Back Files for Web of Science and Engineering Index (Compendex)

You can now access information back to 1884 for Compendex (formerly Engineering Index), the premier database for engineering information. And, the period 1970-1981 is available for Web of Knowledge (Science Citation Index), noted for its citation analysis features and cited reference searching.

Both databases are listed under Research Databases on the Schwerdtfeger Library's homepage. Contact the Library for help using these or any other databases.

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