Our University Library is brilliant. It has so much stuff that you might not know about – especially eBooks and Journals. They have subscriptions to so many sources it’s mind boggling.
But how do you manage your references in the face of such a wealth of information?
Our University Library also has subscriptions to services such as RefWorks. This tool aims to make managing your references easier than doing so manually. It has the ability to automatically create reference stubs, bibliographies, citations etc.
It could be a really useful thing, but it seems overly complex to me. For example, you have to enter all the elements which make up your reference manually. Ok, so it’s stored semantically in a database, and can be reported on in different manners, but it’s still a manual process for you to input this data initially.
I wonder how this actually improves your referencing over just being fastidious and fully referencing your sources as you go.
So who uses RefWorks or similar tools? Do they really help vs just typing it in Word/Excel/some cloud system? I’m still in two minds as to whether the effort of learning the tool outweighs just being wise and building my references as I find them.