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PCOM6270: Introduction to Research: RefWorks

This guide is designed to meet the needs of graduate students in the Professional Communication program.

Importing Citations

Library databases allow you to export your citations to RefWorks. While each database vendor is different, all provide an option to identify or mark items that are of interest, and then export your citations to RefWorks.

Organizing your Information

You can create folders in RefWorks. This means you can create different folders for different projects, or different folders for varied aspects of a particular project. The same item can exist simultaneously in more than one folder.

If you think that you've lost a reference, check the folder called, References not in a folder. This is where references go if they have been imported but not put into a folder.

  Have a Question? Contact a Librarian:

By phone

Call 973-720-2116

The Reference Desk is staffed until 10pm Sunday-Friday and until 5:00pm on Saturday.

By e-mail

Send your question to the Reference Desk via email - refdesk@wpunj.edu   Allow 24 hours for a response. 

Schedule a Research Appointment

Contact the library for an appointment with a Reference Librarian:  Schedule Research Help

RefWorks

http://proquest.libguides.com/newrefworks

RefWorks is a citation manager that can help you organize and keep track of the sources you are using for your research. References can be exported directly from Library databases, entered manually in RefWorks or imported  from the Library's online catalog. RefWorks can convert your citations into a properly formatted bibliography

Why do I need to cite?

You must cite your source of information any time you use another person’s ideas, opinion or theory. You must also provide citations for any facts, statistics, graphs, or drawings that are not common knowledge. Quotations of another person's actual spoken or written word and paraphrases of another person's spoken or written words must also be cited.

For additional information about citing sources and avoiding plagiarism, please visit Purdue University's Online Writing Lab

 

Creating a Reference List

When ready to create your list of References:

  • Select Bibliography.
  • Select your (APA--6th ed.).Output Style
  • Change the File Type to Create to RTF (Rich Text Format--readable by all word processing programs).
  • Select the appropriate folder for your list of references.
  • Click on Create Bibliography.

Watch for the message to clear Pop-up blockers. You may need to start over if you haven't already clear the Pop-up blockers.

Citing Sources

Style/Citation Guides

Most Communication research courses will require you to use the APA Style for citing your sources. Yes, this is different than the AP Style that many of you have used in the past!

APA (American Psychological Association) Style

General Citation Resources