RefWorks (Legacy version)

This guide will present RefWorks to help with managing your sources as you research.

Searching your Database

You can search across all the references in your RefWorks database for specific words or phrases in the author, title, or any other field.

Searching will include article abstracts, subject headings and descriptors, or other fields that have been imported, as well as any notes you have added to the records.  You can also search the full text of any text attachments you have added to your account. 

There are three ways to search your RefWorks database:

  • Search RefWorks box (also known as Quick Search) which allows you to search your entire RefWorks database and offers the option to extend the search to file attachments stored with your RefWorks references.

  • Advanced Search which allows you to construct Boolean searches, limit searches to specific folders, search file attachments stored with your RefWorks references and save your search strategies.

  • Lookup by Author, Descriptor or Periodical are automatic browsable and searchable indexes by Author, Descriptor and Periodical, which provide another method for locating groups of references.

Descriptor browse screen

RefWorks Tutorials

refworks tutorials

View the RefWorks video on searching your database