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Citation help ... in Facebook

CiteMe is a new Facebook application that allows you to create formatted citations from WorldCat records in Facebook. Just use CiteMe to search for a book you want to cite, then select from APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA or Turabian style for a formatted citation you can cut and paste into your paper.

Add CiteMe to your profile, or become a fan of Green Library on Facebook and use it there.

Q&A: Finding Help on RefWorks.

Question:
Do you have workshops on how to use RefWorks?

Answer:
We provide workshops for a class but not for individuals. However, there are some great, short tutorials on the Education Library's web page. The tutorials are audio and visual, with step by step instructions showing how to set up an account, export citations from a database or from Socrates, edit records within RefWorks, create a bibliography, and format in-text citations.

You can also look at step-by-step handouts at Help and Support on our Bibliographic Management Software page.

If you've never used RefWorks, give it a try as it is free to Stanford affiliates. RefWorks is a bibliographic management tool, similar to EndNote or Zotero.

Q&A: Incorrect Citations

Question:
I am searching for a journal article and the citation I have been given seems to be incorrect. I have the author and the title, but the I have searched the journal volume and issue in the citation, and the article is not there. How can I find this article?
Answer:
Citations from bibliographies and personal references are often incorrect. When this happens, there are two strategies for finding the correct citation.

The first (not always accurate, but an easy first step) is to "Google" the article title and author. Often you will find a link with a citation that is different than the one you have (but sometimes the link will have the same incorrect citation).

The formal and most accurate strategy for citation verification is to use one of the Databases (periodical indexes). They are organized by topic, so you can narrow down your choice of Databases, or use the short list of the most common databases. Link to one of these databases and search for the title and/or author (sometimes the author or title in your citation is incorrect, so it's best to search one at a time if you don't find it using both).

When you find the citation in a database, then search for the journal and find your article.

Q&A: How many times a particular author had been cited?

Question: I'd like to know how many times a particular author has been cited?

Answer: You can easily find detailed data by using Web of Science. Below are step by step instructions:

  1. Go to Web of Science
  2. Do an author search. It's recommended to browse variant forms of the author's name. There's a link by the author search box to do this.
  3. After search is run, then click on "citation report" in 3rd segment down from top on right side of screen containing brief results. New window opens that contains graphs plus detailed data.
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