An Important Announcement About RefWorks

RefWorks is now transitioning into a product called RefWorks FLOW, which will be available for free to academic users. This is particularly welcome at time of flat library budgets and annual price increases.

More importantly, Flow has new features that make it comparable to other free bibliographic management services such as Zotero and  Mendeley:

  • Storage and management of PDF documents
  • Sharing collections of references with others
  • Saving web content with a single click.

What does this mean to me?

Effective June 15, RefWorks will no longer be available.  This means there are 2 decisions for our current RefWorks users to make:

  1. You need to backup your current RefWorks account to save all of the resources your account contains.
  2. You need to decide if you would like to continue using a Citation Management Tool to manage and organize your bibliographic data and select which one to use.  Your RefWorks data can then be transferred to your selected tool.

What do I need to do?

Start by visiting our webpage at http://subjectguides.esc.edu/CitationTools  to see a comparison of the three tools and select the one that best suits your needs or try all of them out and then decide which one you prefer.

Refer to the comparison chart and tabs for each tool, which provide:

  • Information on the features of each tool
  • Step-by-step directions to create your account
  • Instructions on how to transfer your RefWorks rdata
  • Links to videos and other help materials

You can export your RefWorks account contents to a saved file on your computer before deciding which of the listed tools to use.  This will backup your account information to be saved for later use. Follow the step-by-step directions below.

Save your RefWorks Account information for later use:

  1. Log in to your RefWorks account.
  2. Click on the ‘References’ menu.
  3. Select ‘Export’ from the drop down menu list.
  4. Under ‘References to include’ select either:​      a. ‘All References’ to move all references in one folder or,    b. to preserve your RefWorks folder structure when you migrate to another citation management tool, select each folder individually.  Tip: Open the folder you want to migrate first, and then click on ‘Export.’
  5. Under ‘Export format’ select ‘Bibliographic Software (EndNote, Reference Manager, or ProCite)’
  6. Click the ‘Export’ button
  7. A new window or tab will open in your web browser, displaying your references. Go to the file menu and select ‘File > Save as (or Save Page As, depending on your browser).’ Save the file as a Plain Text file (TXT). Note: if you do not receive a download prompt, look for the ‘Completed’ box and click on the ‘click here’ link.
  8. ​If you are exporting all of your references at once, you do not need to change the name of the TXT file being saved and can proceed to the next step.
  9. If you are exporting one folder at a time to preserve your folder structure, rename the file with the same name as the folder being exported.
  10. Enter a filename in the ‘File Name’ box
  11. Click ‘Save’

Remember:

If you want to keep your Refworks data, you will need to download it in order to transfer it into one of the new web-based services no later than June 15, 2014

EBSCOHost Maintenance, Fri March 28, 9-11pm

Announcement from EBSCOhost:

On Friday, 28 March 2014 your EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while we perform network upgrades. The service window is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM EDT (-04:00 GMT). You may experience intermittent access to EBSCOhost products and services for the duration of the service window, which is scheduled to end at 11:00 PM EDT (-4:00 GMT).

We appreciate your patience.

Ask-a-Librarian service will be closed on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Due to a college-wide event, the Ask-a-Librarian service will be closed on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

We will re-open for normal business hours on Friday, March 28 at 9am. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

If you need to speak with a librarian, please leave a voicemail message via phone or email us and we will get back to you on Friday, March 28.

  • Ask A Librarian – 1-518-581-2222
  • Ask A Librarian – 1-800-847-3000 ext. 2222
  • Ask A Librarian -librarian@esc.edu

Ask-a-Librarian Closing at 4pm, Wed March 12

The Ask-a-Librarian Service is closing at 4pm today, Wednesday March 12, 2014 as part of the college’s Coordinating Center which is suspending operations at 4pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please see the MY ESC Special Alert announcements for updates.  Leave a message via voicemail, email or online form and we will respond as soon as possible during open business hours.

 

Create a Login Account to Save Library Resources for Later

Many of the library resources such as databases and e-book collection have special features that can be very convenient to use but to get them to work correctly and actually save your research, you need to create an account with that resource. Your login to Empire State College gives you access to these resources but each one is run on its own platform by the company it comes from so to use their special features, you need to create a free online account with them.

Some examples with links to information on how to use these features are below:

EBSCOHost folders

EBSCOHost has the folder feature that lets you select “Add to Folder” to save articles and e-books to your folder for later. What you need to know is that this is ONLY for this current session unless you create a login account. If you create a login account in any EBSCOHost database, that login will work in all of our EBSCOHost databases.

Proquest My Research

Similar to EBSCOHost folders, Proquest lets you save items to My Research. Also similar to EBSCOHost folders, My Research only saves for later if you create an account to login later and access your saved articles. If you create a login account with Proquest, it will work in all Proquest databases.

The ebrary Bookshelf

One of our e-book collections, the largest one, ebrary has many special features that require a login. If you want to download an item or if you want to save it for later, you need to create a login. When you create a login, you can save items to your “bookshelf” for later. It also allows you to download an item to read later.

Annual Reviews – Social Sciences Scheduled Downtime Sat, March 1, 2014

Announcement from Annual Reviews – Social Sciences:

On Saturday, 1 March 2014 beginning at 8:00AM (PST)/11:00AM (EST), we have planned routine maintenance to data storage and our website. We expect the work to take up to 16 hours, during which time you can expect the website to be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Library Hours for Presidents’ Day Weekend & Proquest/RefWorks Downtime Reminder

In honor of the Presidents’ Day holiday, the library will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2014.

We will be open on Sunday, February 16 from 1-9pm.

We will open at 9am on Tuesday, February 18 for normal business hours.

  • Ask A Librarian – 1-518-581-2222
  • Ask A Librarian – 1-800-847-3000 ext. 2222
  • Ask A Librarian – librarian@esc.edu
Technology questions? Ask the Helpdesk
Textbook questions? Ask the Bookstore
Writing questions? Go to the Writing Center
Need tutoring? Go to SmarThinking
The Student Information Center handles questions about your account, financial aid, etc. 1-800-847-3000 (no extension)

Also, a reminder about Saturday, February 15, 2014:

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

To minimize the impact to you and your users these enhancements will be installed during an eight hour window of typically low usage, Eastern Time: Saturday, February 15 at 22:00 for eight (8) hours

During this time the following ProQuest products will not be available:

  • ProQuest
  • RefWorks

Ask-a-Librarian Closing at 2:30pm Thurs Feb 13, Re-Opening 10am on Fri Feb 14

Due to weather conditions, the coordinating center at Empire State College is suspending operations as of 2:30pm on Thursday, February 13, 2014 and will re-open at 10am on Friday, February 14, 2014.

The library is part of this center so the Ask-a-Librarian services will follow the same hours.

Closing Early on Thursday February 13 at 2:30pm

Re-opening Late on Friday February 14 at 10am.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Proquest & RefWorks Maintenance Downtime – February 15, 2014

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

To minimize the impact to you and your users these enhancements will be installed during an eight hour window of typically low usage, Eastern Time: Saturday, February 15 at 22:00 for eight (8) hours

During this time the following ProQuest products will not be available:

  • ProQuest
  • RefWorks

 

 

Library Closing at 3pm – Wed Feb 5, 2014

Due to severe weather conditions, the Saratoga Springs location of Empire State College is suspending operations as of 3pm.  The library’s Ask-a-Librarian service will be closing early at 3pm and will re-open tomorrow, Thurs Feb 6 at 9am.

Please leave a voicemail message or submit your questions via online form or email and we will respond during open business hours.

We apologize for any inconvenience.