Lincoln free software – how to speed up and make referencing easier! Part 1

The Lincoln University Library has some great tools that not all students may know about. Two of these are RefWorks and Write-N-Cite, these are provided completely free to University of Lincoln Students and are extremely helpful when trying to create a Bibliography or when citing In-line references.

Although not necessarily hard tools to use, they do take a bit of getting used to, and so I have included tutorials below on how to use the software.

RefWorks – Link on Uni website

The RefWorks software allows you to easily store any references you look at while researching for your project, I would advise storing any papers you look at here, as you can later select which ones you would like to include in your bibliography. It also includes support for both the library website, but also Google Scholar!

Setting up RefWorks

  • First sign up to RefWorks, this will ask you to register, name your area of focus (which school you are in), and the type of user you are (Undergrad, postgrad, etc);

Before you do anything else with RefWorks, set it up to use Lincoln Harvard Referencing! Go to ‘Bibliography’ tab and select ‘Output Style Manager’. Then select ‘Harvard – University of Lincoln (2nd edition)’. Finally add this style to your favourites using the arrows – making sure to remove any others that are included by default.

It is possible to create a folder for your assignment by clicking on the ‘New Folder’ button top left. Name it something meaningful, I have simply titled mine ‘Dissertation’.

Now minimise the RefWorks page, and go to your references source of choice – or Google Scholar.

Using the library website:

Search in the terms you would like to find, and find a relevant paper or book to your assignment. As my dissertation is covering the Android Wear device, I have searched for this. After looking through the various options, I have found an interesting paper on the library website regarding the security of android wear devices. After deciding this is going to be useful to my literature review, I want to save it to my reference list.

To do this, click the ‘Save’ button on the library website, and then click ‘RefWorks’. You will then be given an option between legacy and new refworks, the University currently only supports the legacy version, so select this:

As you can see, the reference has now been added into RefWorks automatically! I would still advise checking any information that has been imported, not only for page numbers, but also capitalisation, as sometimes information is imported incorrectly. It is all displayed on the main page, but you can also use the edit function to move it into a different folder.

Using Google Scholar:

  • Using Google Scholar is also very similar, simply search for the topic you are looking for, and once you have found a relevant reference, click the ‘Cite’ button, and then as before, select RefWorks, and then legacy RefWorks.
  • Ensure that all the information is correct, as Google Scholar will sometimes capitalise things.

Exporting a Bibliography

Once you have completed your list of references, you can export this as a bibliography. Select ‘Create Bibliography’ from the top menu, make sure the University of Lincoln Harvard is selected as the output style, and then select the file type you would like to export it as. I chose ‘Word for Windows (2000 or later)’. This exports a word document with all your references laid out and formatted to follow the Lincoln format – hopefully saving you a lot of time! Once again though, I would double check this to ensure its accuracy!