Answered By: Gloria Korsman
Last Updated: Aug 05, 2015     Views: 39

Citation tools, like Refworks, offer a convenient way to collect, store, and manage citations, research notes, and documents.  They work with your word processor to manage in-text citations and to build bibliographies in nearly any format.  Everything you collect - notes, quotations, file attachments - becomes part of a searchable database which you can reach into whenever you want to add a citation to your paper or create a bibliography for it.

Using Refworks can save you hours of time, especially when used during the research process.  When searching HOLLIS or another citation database, you can send data to Refworks and avoid lots of data entry.  However, it is still necessary to proofread and edit a bibliography produced with Refworks.    While RefWorks should generally handle the formatting for you, it cannot correct any errors in the data you import from other sources, like HOLLIS.   If your research is done, and your bibliography is already in a draft form, retrospectively importing and then editing data in RefWorks might cost more time than continuing to edit your manuscript.  It might, however, but could be a good investment if you plan to publish your research in a journal or monograph.    When you graduate, you may register for alum access to Refworks and continue to use your data.

Please see Citation tools at Harvard for more information. There is a "Help and Instruction" link on the left side.

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