refworksIf  you are wanting to add the most recent versions of APA and MLA output styles into your refworks account — or if you want to add a specific Journal style to your list of outputs, the following is a brief  “screenshot tutorial” of how to do so.  TUTORIAL:  Adding a new or updated style guide to your Bibliography Output options 

Please note that the newest APA and MLA  ouput styles are still in “Beta” — that is they are not without flaws — but RefWorks is releasing these versions of the styles “before the program development can be completed… to give our users a chance to review the style and to send us their input and suggestions with the intent of having an accurate and comprehensive presentation …prior to the next academic term. …If you have any feedback, questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact”

For a note about some of the major differences between APA 5th and APA 6th editions, and how RefWorks is dealing with them, please see this excerpt (from a RefWorks letter) below:

      APA 6th style is not a major change from APA 5th output style.  The new version does not use the database name with the exception of ERIC documents (reports).  We have removed the database field from all reference types with the exception of reports.
     The new edition of APA has changed the manner in which authors are to be listed in the text and in the reference list. The new reference list guidelines state that when there are seven or more authors there should only be seven authors presented. When there are more than seven authors the first six are to be listed, ellipses added after the sixth, and the last author added at the end.  In order for RefWorks to adhere to these changes, we will need to make modifications to our current Output Style Editor which will require program development.  In the short-term, our new APA style will list all authors and will require the user to manually remove the extra authors and add the ellipses.
     The new guidelines allow for the inclusion of up to five authors in the first instance of an in-text citation and the use of the first author with ‘et al.’ in all subsequent citations of the same reference. This too, will require [further] APA specific development in RefWorks.

From the RWADMIN-L Digest – 21 Jul 2009 to 22 Jul 2009 (#2009-84)

Following up on the entry about the RefWorks troubleshooting guide, the most common problem users have with Write-n-Cite is that when they try to use it off-campus, they are prompted for the group code.  This generally is solved by completing the downloading process (found on the  WNC tab of the RefWorks Guide). — This second step sets up our Library proxy link on your computer, so you shouldn’t need a group code — on or off-campus. 








Picture indicating the steps for adding the proxy Link for the StJ laptop. Note that MAC instructions differ and are listed on the WNC tab of the RefWorks Guide

REFworks_loginIn case you haven’t seen it, we’ve added a Troubleshooting tab on the RefWorks Guide that addresses some questions our users have raised.  Issues range from broad ( forgotten password — pictured at left) to specific issues (using an upgraded browser on a non-St.John’s-issued laptop from off-campus).

We will continue to update the LibGuide, the troubleshooting tab and this blog  according to the frequency with which new questions are posed to our RefWorks crew  and according to how new technologies or updates  impact RefWorks users.

Please note,  if neither the RefWorks LibGuide tutorials nor the troubleshooting page answer your questions, you can always email us at to get help.   

When you email us, please take a screen shot* of your computer screen at the point/s-of-problem  so that we have a better idea of what you are seeing when you have difficulty.  Please also let us know what what kind of computer you are using (PC, MAC, etc.) what browser you are using  (FireFox, IE6 or IE7) and what Operating System you are using (Vista, XP, Mac Jaguar etc.)

(*To take a screen shot press Shift+PrtSc and paste (Ctrl+V) the image/s into a Word Document and attach the document to your email.)

facebook_logoFrom NPR’s Weekend Edition 2/7 : “Scott Simon speaks with NPR’s Social Media Strategist Andy Carvin about Facebook’s fifth anniversary, and how social networking has changed how we use the Internet.” 

See the bibliography below for some other perspectives on the technological pros and cons of Facebook ‘s social-networking technology – for the the “newbie” or the “old-pro” — for acces to an article, here is a RefShare link — use the check-for-full-text feature at the right side of the screen. 

Students don’t fear loss of privacy on facebook, study finds.(2008). US Fed News Service, Including US State News,

Boulton, C. (2008). Who owns your social data? you do, sort of; analysis: Scoble’s banishment and reinstatement from facebook revives the debate over who owns data entered on social sites. EWeek.

Boyd, D. (2008). Facebook’s privacy trainwreck. Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 14(1), 13-20. doi:10.1177/1354856507084416

Brandenburg, C. (2008). The newest way to screen job applicants: A social networker’s nightmare. Federal Communications Law Journal, 60(3), 597-626.

Horowitz, E. (2008). So the boss wants to be friends on facebook?: When younger and older folks collide online, it can spoil the fun. McClatchy – Tribune Business News

Krivak, T. (2008). Facebook 101: Ten things you need to know about facebook. Information Today, 25(3), 1.

Mitrano, T. (2008). Facebook 2.0. EDUCAUSE Review, 43(2), 72.

Rampell, C. (2008, Feb 23). What facebook knows that you don’t. The Washington Post, pp. A.15.

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