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URPL 402: Environmental Planning : RefWorks

Cross-listed with GEOG 402.

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a "next-generation" citation management tool that can help researchers cite sources in all of styles most commonly used at SU like APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, ACS, AMA, and thousands of others. With this tool, researchers can:

  • gather
  • organize
  • read 
  • annotate
  • share
  • and cite their research sources.

Plus, RefWorks creates an online collaboration space that enables groups of researchers to work together from any location.

Learn all about RefWorks: 

Creating Your Account

To create your ProQuest RefWorks account, follow these steps.

  1. Open this link to RefWorks in a new tab; below the "email" and "Next" boxes, you’ll find the “Create Account” link. Click this link.


 -- You can access RefWorks later from the library homepage (at the bottom, under Commonly Used Resources) or from our Citation Style Guide. --

2.  When prompted, enter your SU email address and click the “Check” button.

3.  This will check to ensure you have access to ProQuest RefWorks through SU.

4.  Once this is confirmed, enter a password for your ProQuest RefWorks account and click the “Sign Up” button.

5.  Next, go to your SU email account and click the link in the account activation email from ProQuest RefWorks. This will activate your ProQuest RefWorks account and bring you to a page where you can add your name and other information.

6.  Clicking the “Next” button opens your ProQuest RefWorks account where you can begin adding citations and documents.


Creating Folders

You will notice on the left side of the screen a list of options - including the 'My Folders' link.  

Clicking on the 'My Folders' link shows you specific folder-focused options, including the option to Add a new one.  

Clicking on that option brings up a basic box and asks you to name your new folder:

This is where you can pick whatever name makes the most sense to you.  Name the folder after your paper topic - or name the folder after your class - it's totally up to you.  RefWorks even gives you the option to Rename the folder later if you need to - or if you are getting super-granular you can even create Subfolders.


(Example:  create an ENVR folder and inside of there, have sub-folders titled ENVR 210 / ENVR 305 / ENVR 400 / etc. -or- create a folder called ENVR 400 and within there create sub-folders named Introduction / Materials and Methods / Discussion / Conclusion........) 





Sharing Folders

Sharing folders is super easy.  All you need to do is navigate to the left-side list of options and pick My Folders.  From there, zoom in on the folder you want to share, and click on the blue triple-dot link   to the right of your folder name:

The Share folder option is what you want to choose.  Once you have clicked on Share folder, a box will pop up that looks like this:

You'll notice that you need to know the person's exact email address to type in - you can't just put in their name & hope that RefWorks pulls up the email address for you.  Also, you'll see from the drop-down list below that there are three sharing options you get to choose from.  Can Read is where someone can just see the citations that you have listed.  Can annotate means that whoever you share the folder with can make annotations to the contents of the folder.  Can modify means that whoever you share the folder with can add in things as they see fit.  Choosing this option gives the person you are sharing with the most editing power.  

Once you have shared your folder with whomever you wish to, hit the Share Folder option and you'll notice that little silhouettes of people now show up to the left of your folder name.  This indicates that your folder is now a shared folder.  

You can go in at any time and make changes to the sharing settings of your folder as you see fit.