Rut-roh, RefWorks is going down…

Did you know that as an IWU faculty, staff, or student you have access to a bibliographic management tool? Whoa, big words. Let’s say that differently. Did you know Ames Library supports a tool that helps you organize, store, find, and create citations (even whole bibliographies) for your research?

When presenting arguments in a research projects, you will often draw on previous work by other authors. When you do so, it is essential to cite those sources. Citing sources not only gives those authors proper credit for their ideas, but it also lets your readers know where to go for more information and adds credibility to your arguments.

You can cite almost anything in your paper that meets your instructor’s source requirements, though most often you will probably cite journal articles, books, or websites. The key parts of any citation are the author, title of the work, and publication information. Additional information will vary depending on what you cite. Here is a typical citation for a journal article:

Journal article citation

Once you understand how to read and interpret a citation, you may want to move to more advanced tools to help you cite your work. Many libraries, including this one, offer subscriptions to citation management software such as RefWorks. RefWorks, and other products like it, help you collect, organize, and cite your sources as you work on a research project. While you’re still repsonsible for writing and incorporating citations into your paper, RefWorks handles the mechanics of citing.

On February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time and will last for five (5) hours.

During this time RefWorks will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.>We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please contact RefWorks Technical Support ( if you have questions or need assistance.

Learn all about how to use RefWorks on their YouTube page. Here’s the first of several videos to help you get started.

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