New Features from RefWorks

July 20, 2006 – 12:28 PM

• RSS Feeds
• PubMed Customization

Coming soon:

• Objecting Linking
• Import citations from Windows Live Academic Search

***Contact a librarian if you have questions about using these exciting new features.

RSS Feeds

Researchers can now use RefWorks to store RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds from their most popular news sources, journals, and blogs.

To use this feature, mouse over the SEARCH button on the tool bar. Click on RSS Feed. Copy and paste any XML feed, and results will appear. Users can add these results to the citation database very easily, and cite them using RefWorks as well.

PubMed Customization

PubMed Links: RefWorks can be configured to display an icon in citation view that identifies references that have been imported from the PubMed database. The icon links back to the PubMed record for easy access to additional information. Users can click on a link that will allow you to view the citation within PubMed, and the Related Documents link will retrieve similar articles from PubMed. Users can also locate additional articles by a particular author. All of this can be done within the RefWorks interface without having to open up a separate browser.

To Enable PubMed Links:

1. Select Tools, then Customize.
2. In the RefWorks Links section, select yes for PubMed Links.

PubMed RSS Feeds: turn your PubMed search strategies into RSS feeds which can then be viewed within RefWorks.

1. Conduct a search in PubMed.
2. Click Send to drop down box at the top of the screen and select RSS Feed.
3. On the new screen, set limit to the amount of citations to receive and name your feed.
4. Click Create Feed button.
5. Users will now see an XML icon. Right mouse-click on the orange icon and select copy shortcut to copy the feed URL.
6. Log in to your RefWorks account and add the RSS feed using new RSS feature (as described above).
7. Now users can view the imported citations from the feed and save the ones you want to keep in your folders.

Object Linking

In the Fall, RefWorks will introduce Object Linking to its users. With Object Linking, users will be able to attach files to citations, which will in turn be stored on RefWorks’ servers. This means that users can attach pdfs, Word docs, HTML files, Excel spreadsheets, and even images to any citation and have access to those files through any computer with an internet connection.

Importing citations from Windows Live Academic Search

Coming on the heels of the new importing features with Google Scholar, RefWorks is working on developing something similar with the new Windows Academic Search engine. A precise release date for this new feature was not given, so we will keep you posted.

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