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Managing References

An introduction to reference management programs and software.


RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management program that allows users to create a  personal database of references and citations and to share these with colleagues. It can be used in conjunction with Microsoft Word on Windows and Mac to insert these references into documents and generate bibliographies.  A number of standard referencing formats are available.

Setting up an account (University of Melbourne users only)

The University has a subscription to RefWorks. Students and staff can access it both on and off campus. To access RefWorks, you have to be authenticated as a University of Melbourne user.

First time users will need to set up an individual account in RefWorks. Your personal account can then be accessed anywhere with web access – home, university, and whilst travelling.

See the links below for more information:

Introduction to RefWorks at the University of Melbourne

Exporting References to upload to Readings Online

To export references from Refworks in a format that can be imported into Readings Online:

To export references in your library:

  1. Go to the top left menu References.
  2. Select Export
  3. You will then have the option to save selected references, a page of references, or all in list.
  4. Select one of the three options above to tell RefWorks which references you want to save
  5. Select an Export Format: Bibliographic Software 
  6. Click the Export References button and save the file to your computer.

Then follow these instructions to load your RIS file into a Readings Online collection

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