RefWorks (Legacy version)

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

Using Folders to Organize your Research

You can file your references into different folders as a way of organzing your RefWorks database. A folder can be for a specific class or assignment, for a research topic, or for a chapter of your thesis.

A single reference can be in multiple folders, or none at all.  You can remove an item from a folder without deleting it from your database.

The Folder functions can be accessed via the Folders Tab, or from the View menu:

View folders menu

RefWorks comes with three default folders:

  • Last Imported
    Items from your last import.
  • References Not in a Folder
  • Deleted References
    When you choose to delete references, they are kept in this folder for 30 days.  If you change your mind, you can restore references from this folder before the 30 day waiting period is over.

Create a Folder

Creating a New Folder

  • Click the New Folder button.
  • Type the folder name.
  • Click Create.

The new folder appears in all of the folder lists throughout the program.

Folders buttons

Move References into Folders

To add references to a folder, select the references you want to add using by:

  1. Click the box next to Ref ID for individual titles in the list.
    These selections are not saved when you go to the next page. So be sure to add the references to a folder before moving to another page.
  2. Select Page to move an entire page at one time (up to 25 references)
  3. Select All in List to add the entire list of references

Remove References from Folders

To remove records from a folder, use the selection methods described above and click Remove from Folder.

Even though  you have removed records from a folder they will remain in your database until you delete them.