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Re: Anybody know refworks?
Author: Daniel O'Donnell    Posted: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 23:57:31 -0700
I asked about RefWorks a couple of months ago on this list and on
Then one thing led to another and I wasn't really able to play with it
until today.

Having spent the day, however, I think it may be something for the
procite community to consider: it seems really very good and has most if
not all the features that one uses ProCite (rather than EndNote or
something else) for.

The main problem is getting files out of ProCite: the recommended
filter, RIS.pos, is--as I'm sure we are all used to from something
produced by Thompson--garbage. It loses huge amounts of information
converting ProCite's quite atomic fields to the RIS format.

If you compare RefWorks own tagged format against Procite's field
divisions, however, you will see that RefWork is actually closer to
ProCite than RIS is: it maps almost one-to-one. It took me about four
hours to develop a set of ProCite > RefWorks Tagged Format files. The
only thing that needed teaking was the handling of returns in Procite
(they seem to confuse RefWorks). But after that the upload was a charm
and everything ended up in the right place.

There had been some complaints that RefWorks didn't allow you do design
your own outputs. That seems to be fixed. The output editor looks quite

At US$100 per year and apparently serious support, it looks like a real
option for ProCite users (nb. I am in no way associated with any
citation software company--but I've been desperately looking for a
supported alternative to ProCite and am pretty pleased with what I've
found here).


On Wed, 2005-05-10 at 22:35 -0300, walpicci wrote:
> Hi! I put my psychiatric database online using biblioserver and I´m
> very happy with the results. Take a look in
> The Estonian are doing a very nice development. WPiccinini from Brazil
> De:
> "PROCITE The Personal Bibliographic
> Software Discussion List"
> /> > Para:
> /> > Cópia:
> Data:
> Wed, 5 Oct 2005 14:50:46 -0700
> Assunto:
> Re: Anybody know refworks?
> > Dan
> >
> > I am currently planning to put my Procite developed database on the
> web
> > using RefWorks. Actually, I am using RefShare which is the web
> delivery
> > mechanism that RefWorks uses for sharing RefWorks developed
> databases with
> > other users.
> >
> > I've been very pleased with the way that I have be able to import
> the
> > Procite database into RefWorks. They have developed an import filter
> that
> > works good. For the read only web user, RefShare provides nearly all
> the
> > searching and citation generating capabilities the you would want in
> good
> > bibliography developing program. It gives the user a lot of import
> options
> > once the user has completed searching a bibliography.
> >
> > The one drawback is that Refworks with RefShare capabilities has an
> added
> > cost to using RefWorks alone. Its a little expensive but a lot
> cheaper that
> > using Reference Manager and having to pay for Reference Manager
> being on a
> > dedicated server provided by a service provider.
> >
> > Note all the comments I've address are related to my being an
> "individual
> > subscriber". RefWorks does have a institutional subscription as
> well.
> >
> > Their help desk has been very supportive and I recommend talking to
> them for
> > advice.
> >
> > David
> >
> >
> >
> > on 10/4/05 7:49 PM, Daniel Paul O'Donnell at
> wrote:
> >
> > > Hello,
> > > We've been discussing yet another dissatisfied procite customer's
> > > problems on dm-l, the mailing list of the digital medievalist
> community
> > > of practice. One member suggested refworks may be a suitable
> > > replacement. Does anybody know this program?
> > >
> > > I'd be very interested in members of this list's experiences. With
> your
> > > permission, I'll pass them on to dm-l.
> > >
> > > -dan
> >
> > *************************
> > David Burton
> > Aspen Delineation Project
> > 2070 Orange Drive
> > Penryn, CA 9 5663
> > (916) 663-2574
> > /> > > *************************
Daniel Paul O'Donnell
Associate Professor and Acting Chair
Director, Digital Medievalist Project
Department of English
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4

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