McGoogan News

Get better RefWorks records from Google Scholar

By Cindy Schmidt

If you’ve ever imported a Google Scholar “hit”/record into RefWorks, you know that the results can be disappointing.  If you’re lucky, the authors names, article and journal titles, and page numbers will be formatted correctly.  The abstract, DOI, PMID and other useful (sometimes essential) information are rarely included.

If you’re willing to do just a little extra work (2 more clicks and a bit of scrolling), you can usually obtain a beautiful PubMed-quality, RefWorks record from Google Scholar.  Here’s how it’s done:

1.  To do any type of export from Google Scholar to Refworks, you must first visit the Google Scholar “Settings” page (cogwheel on Scholar homepage).

2.  Scroll down to the “Bibliography manager” section near the bottom of the page.  Change the default “BibTeX” selection to “RefWorks” and click “Save.”


3.  Now we come to the extra steps that you’ll need to take if you want a beautiful RefWorks record.  Instead of clicking on the “Import into RefWorks” link under the “hit” of interest, click on the “All __ versions” link.  This is your first extra click.


4.  Now look for a record from (#1 in figure below). When you find a “hit”/version obtained from, look to the right. Is there a “Full Version” link or “” link on the right? If so, the record you’ve located is a PMC record not a PubMed record. Keep looking for another “hit”. The PubMed record from will often be among the last versions listed in Google Scholar.


5.  When you find the needed version, click on its “Import into RefWorks” link (arrow 2 in the figure above).

6.  If you’re not already logged into your RefWorks account, you will be asked to login.

7.  The beautiful record will appear in your RefWorks account.

8.  When you return to you Google Scholar results, you will have to use your browser’s “back” button to leave the “versions” list and return to your search results page.  This is the second extra click.

Enjoy your summer…with the library

By Dawn Wilson

It’s summer in the library. You might expect it to be quiet, a place filled with books and anatomical models but devoid of people. After all, large portions of the student population are traveling, visiting family, playing video games, and catching up on sleep before their next semester. Summer and libraries? What could be more opposite?

Well, everything, of course! The library staff is still here, all summer long, helping, searching, and training. When summer comes and students go, the researchers and faculty come out of the woodwork. Summer is The Season to work on publications, especially for faculty, who’ve been busy teaching the rest of the year.

Guess what: the librarians can even help you maximize the time you get to spend at the beach relaxing. The librarians at McGoogan can do a literature search for you, tailored to your needs. Need more articles to support your research? Missing a key citation? Attempting a complicated literature search, but keep coming up dry? Just Ask Us!

Summer is also a great time to brush up on skills you know you’ll soon need. Haven’t used RefWorks in a year or two, but your dissertation is coming due? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian now, and get the kinks worked out of RefWorks before you need your final draft. Let us help you lessen the stress of your upcoming deadlines.

So what’s the best way to maximize your summer with the library? Bring your lemonade, wear your straw hat and flip-flops, and spend some quality time face-to-face with a librarian.

RefWorks downtime

On February 15, 2014 ProQuest RefWorks will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and reduce the need for future downtime.

An eight hour (8) maintenance window is needed to perform these enhancements, lasting from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. on February 16.

During this time period RefWorks users can expect sporadic availability, including periods of complete downtime. We anticipate that access issues and possible functionality problems will last anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes. If you experience issues with RefWorks during this maintenance window we recommend that you close your browser session, and return to RefWorks at a later time. 

Library classes announced

Pick up some new library tricks: from our bag to yours! Library classes for January and February of 2014 have just been announced. To register, contact Teresa Hartman at

Advanced PubMed Class
February 18, Tuesday, Noon-1:30pm

You use PubMed every day – come to this class and learn new tips and tools to improve your PubMed searches and methods to keep up with your research topics. This one-hour, hands-on class will cover constructing effective searches, getting to full-text, and setting up alerts to keep up with your research interests. The class is open to UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center faculty, staff, students, and affiliates.

RefWorks-Citations and Bibliographies Made Easier   
January 14, Tuesday, 10:30am-Noon
February 21, Friday, 10:30am-Noon

Create a searchable database from your MEDLINE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO search results. Use that database to insert citations and create bibliographies in your papers in just minutes. Reformat your paper for submission to a new journal in seconds. Learn how to do this and more. The class is open to all UNMC faculty, staff, students, and alumni

APA-Citation style
January 23, Thursday, Noon-1:30pm
February 19, Wednesday, Noon-1:30pm

Are you interested in learning more about the basics of citing using the American Psychological Association (APA) style? Come to this class. This one-hour, hands-on class will cover rules about the APA style format, in-text citing, and the Reference List. You will also learn where to look in the Manual for your answers!

Setting up Research Alerts   
February 12, Wednesday, Noon-1pm

Conducting research and want to keep up on the latest? Alerts can help you track what is being published, who is citing you and what your colleagues are working on. During this 1 hour session we will discuss how to create search alerts in Google News and Google Scholar, EBSCOHost, and MyNCBI through PubMed.

Google Scholar   
January 21, Tuesday, Noon-1pm

Learn how to use this interdisciplinary tool to locate and manage your research information. Class covers tips on searching and customizing your personal Scholar interface.