Q. I need to cite a book. Where can I find a record for the book that I can import into RefWorks?

Answer

You might be best served by entering the book information manually. To do this use the "References" menu to select "Add New." Be sure to select the correct "Reference Type." If you are wanting to cite a book chapter, you would need to select "Book, Section." If you want to cite an entire book that does not have editors, use "Book, Whole." If you want to cite a whole book that does have editors, use "Book, edited." Use the "Help" link in the upper right-hand corner of the to open a new window containing  instructions for entering data (especially authors names) in the fields.  You will have to scroll over half way down the page that appears to reach the section describing entry of author names.

There are several sources for partial, electronic records for books. Almost all of these sources are library catalogs or databases of library catalog records. For example, you can search WorldCat or Helix (the McGoogan Library's online catalog for the book of interest and export the record you find.  The exported record can then be imported into RefWorks.  I should warn you, however, that you will have to edit the imported record. Catalog records don't always include all author or editor names. They don't always distinguish authors from editors, etc. So you will need to check all the information that is imported into your Refworks account. It is sometimes more difficult to edit a record accurately than to enter the information manually.

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  • Last Updated Dec 24, 2016
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  • Answered By Cindy Schmidt

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