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


Citation Management With RefWorks

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 as you write a paper in Microsoft Word, and create footnotes. Because it is web-based, RefWorks is available to users across various platforms including Windows, Mac, and Unix. You can create as many databases as you like or one database with many folders.

You can import search results from numerous 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.

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. And, it's easy to give members of your team access to some of your files. RefShare, the sharing module, provides RefWorks users with a quick and easy way to share their research information, further enhancing collaborative research.  .

To begin using RefWorks, simply create an account: on RefWorks Login, and then sign up for an individual account. Library staff have created a tutorial to help you with the basics. Many other questions are addressed on the campus libraries RefWorks page.

Contact the Library if you have questions about using RefWorks or want to set up a workshop for your team or class.


"Stormy Weather" in Special Collections Exhibit

With our recent stormy weather, this exhibit couldn't be more timely. 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 drawing upon a wide range of rare books in literature, humor, history, and science.

You can visit the exhibit Monday through Friday, 9am. to 5pm, until 8 February 2008 in Special Collections, Room 976 Memorial Library.





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