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Have your say on reference management

Do you use RefWorks? Mendeley? OneNote, Papers, CiteULike? Do they improve your life, or raise your blood pressure? Is there anything you wish they did, or didn’t do? Do you avoid them altogether?

All researchers and staff are invited to take part in our survey on the use of reference managers. This is part of a project within Library and Learning Services looking at support and provision for reference management and citation services.
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Mendeley bought by Elsevier

Are you a Mendeley user?

If so, you may be interested to see what happens now that Mendeley has been bought out by Elsevier.

At £65m the benefits to the creators of Mendeley are clear to see, but how will its user community fare under the new ownership?  There seem to be some concerns among academics that Mendeley will lose some of its independence and openness – you can follow the discussion here.

Update 16/4/2013: Further discussion from Research Information here.

Thanks to Ray Kent from De Montfort University for sharing this news on the JISCmail MORE list.

Another one bites the dust…

There are a number of potentially useful reference management tools on the web – Mendeley, CiteULike, Zotero and Connotea spring to mind.  The best of these offer a range of other services, such as full text uploads, social bookmarking and a variety of other networking opportunities for researchers.

But can you trust these sites? Will your data be secure and are you sure that you will be able to access them when you need to?

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RefWorks updated

We’ve updated our Harvard UoN referencing style to fix an issue with formatting for book sections (a missing space between the author details and the date of publication).

Users will need to add the new version of the style to their RefWorks profile – please see our Hub post on restoring the Harvard UoN style for instructions.

RefWorks update

We’ve made some minor changes to our RefWorks output style today, so you’ll find the Harvard UoN option missing the next time you log into RefWorks or Write-N-Cite. Unfortunately we can’t prevent this, but I’ve added a short guide to the Research Support Hub demonstrating how to restore the Harvard UoN style.

Thumbnail image: Chrome Vanadium Wrenches by Ildar Sagdejev via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons).

RefWorks: Restoring the Harvard UoN style

FAQ: I’ve lost the Harvard UoN output style in RefWorks. How do I get it back?

From time to time we need to apply maintenance tweaks to our university RefWorks configuration. An unfortunate consequence of this is that the Harvard UoN option will disappear from your list of output styles. This post demonstrates how to restore it.

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RefWorks induction 2012: notes and links

This is a follow-up post to the research student induction RefWorks training, with notes on the session and some useful links. Those of you who attended the attempted session will be amused (hopefully) to learn that the authentication problem was  fixed shortly after everyone went home, and RefWorks logins are now working as they should.

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NELSON and RefWorks – capturing your references

FAQ: How can I save items from NELSON to my RefWorks account?

NELSON is Library and Learning Services’ new resource discovery tool.  It searches across a range of services including journals (full-text and abstract), ebooks and the library catalogue.

While researchers often benefit from searching databases directly, one advantage NELSON offers is a standard interface for several functions and services, including RefWorks, the University’s reference management software. RefWorks lets you collect, manage, share and annotate your references, and helps you cite them in Word. Whatever you find in NELSON, exporting it to RefWorks is quick and painless. In this post I’ll show you how to copy single and multiple items from NELSON into your RefWorks account.

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