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Last Updated: Apr 2, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Using RefWorks with Google Docs

At present, Bates ILS recommends that you use RefWorks with Microsoft Word.  However, RefWorks is compatible with any word processing program (e.g. Google Docs) that supports file saving in the Microsoft word .doc or .docx formats.

Using RefWorks with Google Docs requires 5 steps.

Step 1:

Log in to RefWorks and Google Docs on separate tabs in your browser.

Step 2:

Compose your document in Google Docs.  As you reach a place in the text requiring a citation, position your cursor at the appropriate location and procede to Step 3.

Step 3:

Navigate to your open RefWorks tab and identify the citation you would like to insert into your Google Doc.

Select the yellow "Cite" brackets in the Ref ID header for your chosen citation.

This will open a new "Citation Viewer" dialog box containing the RefWorks code for your citation.  Select and copy the text for the citation code to the clipboard.

After inserting the Refworks citation code, you Google Doc should look something like this:

Note that a list of selected citations will accumulate in the Citation Viewer unless you choose to "Clear" them.  This can be useful for inserting multiple citations at the same document location.

Step 4:

Export your completed Google Doc to your computer as a .docX file.

From the "File" drop down in your Google Doc window, select "Download as" and then "Microsoft Word .docx".

This will download an MS Word version of your Google Doc onto your computer.  Be sure to note where this new file is saved.

Step 5: 

Use RefWorks to format the in-text citations and bibliography for your document using the citation style of your choice.

That's it!  You are done!

To confirm that all is well, either open the newly formatted .docx document in MS Word or (you guessed it) upload the .docx file to Google Drive and open it from there.You are done!  Your MS Word .docx file should now contain your properly formatted in-text citations and bibliography.

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