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RefWorks User Tips


The following are tips sent in by AFIT RefWorks users. If you have figured out how to do something using RefWorks that you believe could benefit other users, please send the information via our Ask-A-Librarian form, so it can be added to our tips and tricks page.
**Please note that any citations that you put into RefWorks will possibly need editing for APA requirements.  Each database has a unique way that it imports into RefWorks so you should always check/edit your work.
  • Many fields in DTIC records are imported into RefWorks in All Caps. A shortcut to help expedite the ALL CAPS issue in your final word document is to select the ALL CAPS text and then SHIFT-F3. Doing this in Word will cycle the selected text through the various styles of capitalization. Try it and pass on the word!
  • If you cannot find a way to export a citation from a database, try looking up the reference in Compendex or  INSPEC. If you find the citation in one of the large indexing databases, you can export the citation directly into your RefWorks account from there.
  • Write-N-Cite III will work for Word 2007 and upwards, as well as Mac Word 2008.  Write-N-Cite 2 will work with older Word  versions, but is no longer supported.

  • Preparing your paper in LATEX  (la-‘tek)?
    There is no Write-N-Cite equivalent for that program, to date. But your RefWorks citations are still useable. Export your citations from RefWorks through the following method. 
    1. In RefWorks: References tab > Export
    3. Select BibTeX – Refworks ID from the Output Style pull-down menu. A new window will bring up your output.
    4. Save the output as text (F10 if you don’t see the menu bar). Be sure to use the .bib suffix for the filename. Ex. MyThesis.bib. Save it in the same folder as your manuscript.
    5. Work in LaTeX to link your bibliography, incorporate a style, and use the references in the text. See the links below for information on further steps within LaTeX. 

    More information on Refworks with LaTeX is available here: MIT LibGuides


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