Archive for ‘RefWorks’

January 13, 2011

Library training sessions for this term

by Debbie

Booking is now open for this term’s database sessions. Come and learn how to find information for your projects at the library’s introductory database sessions on the following subjects:


CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts): CSA covers major areas of research, including environmental sciences, materials science, biological sciences, engineering and computer science.

EBSCO Business Source Complete: Ebsco provides access to a wealth of business information including company and country reports and full-text journal articles. This session is for business and non-business students who need to find business information for their projects.

Google Scholar: Google Scholar is a service which uses the Google search engine, but searches only scholarly resources. This session will cover search tips, what Google Scholar can do for you, and the advantages and disadvantages of using Google Scholar

MetaLib: This information portal provides access to databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the Library. Many of the resources can be cross-searched, where a single search is carried out on more than one database.

PubMed: This is the most comprehensive source for biomedical articles. This session is for students who need to find information in medicine and related subjects.

Resources for engineering students: This workshop will introduce students to the Library’s resources suitable for finding Engineering information more efficiently and effectively. Key databases, e-books and other sources of information will be covered and will include a practical hands-on session

Scifinder Scholar: SciFinder Scholar is a key chemistry resource and also covers biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, medicine, and related disciplines.

Web of Science: This multidisciplinary database covers a wide range of subjects including science, engineering, humanities, medicine and social sciences. It also includes cited references for all articles.

Study Skills

Academic Writing: Learn techniques for improving your academic writing skills. You will learn how to understand essay questions, look at different academic writing formats and gain some tips to help in those all important exams.

Current awareness in your subject: This hands-on workshop will show you a number of methods (such as using a Google Reader account) to enable you to keep up to date with new developments in your subject field, including research findings and news items.

Intelligent use of the Internet: Learn which sources on the Internet to trust. We all use the internet but we don’t always know how reliable it is. This session will show you how to decide whether the information you find on the internet is valuable research or just plain rubbish!

Presentation Skills: Get general advice and tips on preparing a presentation, including how to plan a presentation, and what to do when you are a presenter.

Reading & Note Taking: Learn techniques for improving your reading and note taking skills

Reference Management

RefWorks: Learn how to store your references and create a reference list


Academic Writing: Thursday 10 February 2011 12.00 – 13.00

CSA: Tuesday 25 January 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Current awareness in your subject: Monday 21 February 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Ebsco: Tuesday 1 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

Google Scholar: Thursday 3 March 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Intelligent Use of the Internet: Thursday 17 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

MetaLib: Tuesday 8 February 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Presentation Skills: Thursday 24 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

PubMed: Tuesday 15 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

Reading and Note Taking: Thursday 3 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

RefWorks: Thursday 27 January 2011 12.00 – 13.00

Resources for Engineering: Tuesday 22 February 2011 12.000 -13.00

SciFinder Scholar: Monday 7 February 2011 12.00 -13.00

Web of Science : Tuesday 1 March 2011 12.00 -13.00
Thursday 9 December 2010 12.00 – 13.00

All sessions are in Training room 1 on Level 1 of the Central Library unless otherwise stated

To book

Please complete the booking form at to register for any of these sessions.

September 7, 2010

Library services for alumni

by Debbie

For those of you who are leaving College soon, you may be interested to know that you can still use the library as alumni. You can visit the library at any time for reference only, but if you register with the Alumni office as an Interactive Alumni (which is free) you can borrow books as well.

Once your College username expires you won’t be able to access our online resources anymore. However, if you visit the library you can apply for a temporary 24 hour login which gives you access to the majority of our online material from our PCs. Please note that due to license restrictions the research you’re conducting must be for non-commercial purposes.
For more information on our alumni services please check the website:

You can now also get a free alumni account with RefWorks. It’s a good idea to backup your RefWorks library now as you can always transfer your references to a new RefWorks account, or other reference management software at a later time. Backing up is easy to do – check the Refworks help pages for more information. If you’d like to set up an alumni account please contact Katharine and she can send you the instructions and passwords you need.

April 1, 2009

Change to RefWorks access

by Debbie

From 31 July 2009 there will be changes in access to RefWorks. The Imperial College London Library subscription to Athens will come to an end and a new authentication system called UK Federation (or Shibboleth) will replace it.

When this happens, you will no longer be able to access your current RefWorks account. You will need to transfer your data from your old account to your new one. You can find detailed instructions on how to set up your new account and transfer the information here.

You will not be able to access your current (Athens) RefWorks account after 31 July 2009, so please make sure that you have transferred your account by then. If you have any questions, please ask us!

January 22, 2009

Colloborative workspaces for projects

by Katharine Thompson

Need some tools and software to help you organise and coordinate your project?

Think about using the following:


  • wikis are a great collaborative workspace
  • they allow lots of people to create and edit documents together using a simple interface
  • a log, or history of each amendment is made so you can see who has added or changed content
  • need security? you can keep your wiki private – only invited members can see it, and you can limit the editing rights of some members if you like
  • documents (PDFs, Word, Excel etc) can be attached to the wiki
  • media such as photos, RSS feeds, YouTube and Google videos and music can be added to the wiki
  • need to talk? most wikis have a discussion forum where you can share ideas or add comments

Want a wiki?

The College has wiki software. To set up a wiki for your group you will need to contact ICT. Not sure how long it takes to get these set up.

If you want a wiki right now this minute then there are lots of free ones available on the Internet. I’d recommend Wetpaint as I’ve used it before. I’ve also heard good things about PBwiki and Mediwiki (although I think this requires you to download some software to use it).

Google Docs:

  • like a wiki Google docs allows people to collaborate on documents in a range of formats including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • create or load an existing document to Google docs and invite others in your group to edit and add to it
  • need security? you can specify who can see and edit your documents
  • store your documents online for easy access
  • folders allow you to organise your documents

Want to use Google Docs?

It’s free to join and signing up is easy. If you already have a Google account set up you’re ready to start.

Google Groups:

  • in Google groups you can create a group of your project members
  • need to talk? you can have discussions either online, or via email with others in your group
  • add content by creating webpages
  • upload documents for discussion

Want to set up a Google group?

It’s free to join and signing up is easy. If you already have a Google account set up you’re ready to start.


  • delicious is like IE or Firefox bookmarks or favorites but with loads more features
  • create one account for your group which you can all use and start saving links to all kinds of online material; websites, PDFs, journal articles, videos etc. If it has a URL you can add it to delicious
  • you can organise, search for, and retrieve your links by using tags to describe the content
  • there is a note field for each link where you can add a longer description if you need to
  • delicious is designed to be public, but you can make your links private if you prefer
  • you can integrate delicious into your browser to make adding new links super easy (if you’re a FireFox user check out the add-ons for delicious)

Want a delicious account?

delicious is free and easy to set up and use. You can set up one account for your group and share the username and password. Or set up individial accounts and share your links by creating a delicious network. To see delicious in action take a look at the ET delicious account we’ve created for this course.


  • RefShare is a feature of RefWorks
  • you can share references from your RefWorks library with your group
  • select the references you want to share and RefShare creates a unique URL to send to group members
  • need security? only those you email the URL to can see the references, and only people with a RefWorks account can use them
  • group members can download all or some of the references you’ve sent directly into their own RefWorks library
  • you can use folders and descriptor tags in RefWorks to organise your references

Want to use RefShare?

If you’ve set up your RefWorks account you can start using RefShare straight away. Instructions on setting up your account are available in the Library folder on the Core Course Blackboard area.

Need some help?

If you’d like to discuss any of the above in more detail, or would like a quick demo then please get in touch!

October 22, 2007

Using Write-N-Cite in Mech Eng 305

by Katharine Thompson

The Write-N-Cite plugin has now been loaded onto the PCs in Mech Eng 305.

You must install Write-N-Cite on your network profile, otherwise you’ll get an error message when you try to access it.

Installation only takes a few seconds and full instructions are attached.

If you have any problems using Write-N-Cite, or with any aspect of RefWorks, please get in touch.

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