Electronic Resources Import Customization

Electronic Resources Information

Many citation style guides, including MLA 7th, have specific requirements for citations of digital or electronic resources. This will often apply to articles from online databases, which may be the majority of the resources that you import into your RefWorks account.

For example, a citation of an article found in JSTOR will look like this is MLA 7th:

Chanson, H. "Hydraulics of Roman Aqueducts: Steep Chutes, Cascades, and Dropshafts." American Journal of Archaeology 104.1 (2000): 47-72. JSTOR. Web. 20 Mar. 2013.

Follow the steps below to customize your RefWorks account in a way that will allow you to edit electronic resource citations with the required information as they are imported into your account.

Customizing your account for importing electronic resources.

  1. Log into your RefWorks account.
  2. Click the "Customize" link under the "Quick Access" section in the right side column.
  3. Click the "Import Options" link.
  4. In the "Default Source Type for Imported References" drop down list, select "Electronic".
  5. Select "Yes" in the "Show Option for Global Edit of Electronic Source Related Fields After Import" section.
  6. Click the "Save Customized Settings" button.
  7. Click the "X" in the top right corner to close the Customize box.

Edit electronic resource citations as you import them into your account.

  1. Perform a search in a database of your choice.
  2. Export your selected citations from the database.
  3. Log into your RefWorks account when prompted.
  4. On the "Import References" screen, click the "Edit Imported References" link.
  5. In the "Database" section, type the name of the database you are importing from (JSTOR, PsycINFO, etc.) and choose "Overwrite Existing Data" from the drop down list.
  6. In the "Retrieved Date" section, type in the date you retrived the article in the style that you will be using. For example, MLA 7th dates look like: 27 Jan. 2013. Then choose "Overwrite Existing Data" in the drop down list.
  7. Click the "Save Changes" button and then click "OK".
  8. Click the "View Last Imported Folder" button.
  9. All the citations that you just imported should now include the database name and the date retrieved information.