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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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Researcher wanted for reference management review

The Library and Learning Services Research Support team would like to recruit a University of Northampton PhD researcher to work on a review of reference management and citation software provision at the University.

The project will primarily involve the gathering and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, focusing on staff and postgraduate experience and requirements regarding reference management. There will also be an opportunity for the PhD researcher to mentor an undergraduate URB@N student researching the undergraduate experience.

The project runs from Jan – July 2016, with an anticipated 50 hours researcher input and a payment of £600 on completion.

For further details, please contact

Google Scholar Chrome extension: features and RefWorks integration

If you use Google Chrome and Google Scholar, you’ll probably be interested in the recently released Scholar Chrome extension. I gave the extension a whirl, and here are my notes – including details of its support for RefWorks and Find My Reference.

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RefWorks update

Just a brief note to say we’ve made some changes to the Harvard UoN citation style in RefWorks (some minor corrections and improved support for audio recording citations), so if you use the Harvard UoN for your bibliography you’ll need to add it to your list of output styles again.

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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