Library News - September 2007
SSEC Employee News: September 2007
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By Jean Phillips, Librarian



Ever want to share references with a work group or colleague? Or write a paper without having to type out all of the references which is tedious and risks the perpetuation of errors in the literature? If so, you might want to give RefWorks a try.

The campus libraries provide all students and staff with access to RefWorks, a citation management tool. It 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, like Web of Knowledge, where there is no direct import, you can very easily 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.




'Stormy Weather' in Special Collections exhibit
From Shakespeare's "pelting of this pitiless storm" to Snoopy's "It was a dark and stormy night," storms have driven plots, guided metaphors, afflicted travelers, and attracted scientific and popular attention. The exhibit Stormy Weather in the Department of Special Collections explores storms and weather.




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