Thursday, November 23, 2006

New Refworks Feature

I tried the Ref-Grab it, very cool. You have to drag it onto your toolbar, but once that's done you can grab web pages citations on the fly.

BETHESDA, MD, USA (November, 2006) - RefWorks, the Web-based online research management, writing, and collaboration tool, has released another feature upgrade to the service. We are pleased to announce exciting new enhancements, including the ability to easily capture bibliographic web page data and the continued development of RefShare, a collaboration utility --- making it even more efficient for users and their colleagues to share data.

RefGrab-It, an exciting new feature introduced by RefWorks, allows users to capture web page bibliographic information through a single click! This new feature also searches the web for additional information relating to the web page (based on ISBN numbers, DOIs and PubMed IDs), working behind the scenes to get the most complete bibliographic information for the user. Any information captured through RefGrab-It can also be seamlessly imported into the user's RefWorks account.

"RefGrab-It is already one of my favorite tools," said Jeff Olsen, Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Services and Director of Library and Information Science at St John's University, New York, USA. "It captures the essential pieces of information and makes it easy for me to modify and add information to fields to supplement what is captured, saving much time. I have used reference database software for many years. RefWorks is the most intuitive and least problematic of any software that I have used. Personally, I have found RefWorks invaluable."

Another new RefWorks enhancement within RefShare, a tool for global dissemination and publication of research, now provides users the ability to collaborate more easily than ever before. Custom links can be created to search for specific author names, descriptors or any words in shared folders or databases. Users may now create an RSS Feed from their data, complete with an RSS icon for RefShare that recipients can add to their feed reader.

Additionally, each reference in a shared folder now has a Link to This Page option that automatically creates a reference-specific URL for the user to bookmark or copy and paste. These upgrades are all designed to assist users to collaborate with colleagues around the world with as much ease as possible!

The RefGrab-It feature enhancements are currently available to all RefWorks users. The RefShare enhancements are only available to institutions subscribing to the module. The Web-based nature of the product allows users to access the new benefits without having to re-load software or make any other changes to their RefWorks accounts.

About RefWorks
RefWorks helps researchers be more effective by aiding in the management, organization, collaboration, and dissemination of information. Thousands of researchers in over 750 institutions around the world use RefWorks daily. Founded in 2001 by a team of experts in the field of bibliography database management, RefWorks supports hundreds of online databases and output styles covering a broad range of subject areas. RefWorks collaborates with some of the world's most prestigious online information service providers including CSA, BioOne, EBSCO, Elsevier, HighWire, H.W. Wilson, ISI Web of Science, OCLC, Ovid and ProQuest, to name a few.

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