We have exciting news about our RefWorks license. If you’re not familiar with RefWorks, it is our web-accessible bibliographic database software that is administered by the Libraries. It is similar to EndNote but is completely web-based. RefWorks is available to all faculty, staff, and students at The Claremont Colleges. You can easily create a RefWorks account by going to the Libraries web site at http://libraries.claremont.edu/ and selecting RefWorks from their Quick Links menu.
A new feature called RefShare has just been added to our license. RefShare allows you to share your bibliographic references with other users, even users who do not have RefWorks accounts. You can share individual folders or your entire bibliographic database. When you set up a share, RefWorks generates a special URL which you can then email, post to a web page, or add to your Sakai site. Clicking on the URL takes the user to RefShare where they can view your references, comment on them, use them to create a bibliography and cite them in their papers. Pretty much the only thing users can’t do is edit the references or add or delete them. More info on RefShare is available when you login to RefWorks under Help/Tutorial/RefShare/.
There’s also a new version of Write-N-Cite for Windows. Write-N-Cite allows you to have an abbreviated off-line version of your bibliographic database.
Finally, we have a trial of a brand new service from RefWorks called RefAware until September 10th, 2008. RefAware is a current awareness service that allows you to created saved searches to find brand-new research in your field. I encourage you to try this new service out before the expiration. You can create a new RefAware account by going to http://www.refaware.com and clicking on the “Create a New Account” link. You can even link your RefAware account with your RefWorks account in order to import directly into RefWorks.