Building a Bibliography on RefWorks
American Roots FYS
RefWorks is an online bibliography
manager that you can use through SJU’s Drexel Library. You will be able to save your sources
for this class and other classes in an online database and export them in a
variety of formats.
Let’s suppose that my goal is to build a
bibliography on RefWorks that includes the following references:
- The book Romancing the Folk,
- The article “Really the ‘Walking
Blues’: Son House, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and the Development of a
Traditional Blues,” by Cowley.
- James Bland’s original sheet music for “O Dem Golden
- The YouTube video of John Dee Holeman and Algia Mae Hinton
improvising on “Yall Come,” recorded by Alan Lomax.
Here are the steps I followed to make the
- From the library’s
web site, click on RefWorks Citation Software and create a RefWorks
account. Log in to your
- Under “Folders” create a folder called “American Roots” or
something like that.
- Under “Tools” go to “Customize” and choose “Chicago 16th
edition (Notes & Bibliography)” for Output Styles.
- Finding a citation for a book. Under “Search” use the
dropdown menu to choose “Search Online Catalog or Database.” Under
“Online Catalog or Database to Search” I chose “Library of Congress” to
search for a book. I typed “romancing folk filene” in the Quick Search
box and it showed me two references, one of which is the book I’m
looking for. I checked the
box and clicked “Import.”
When the reference has been imported, go to the Last Imported folder
and move it into your American Roots folder.
- Finding a citation for an article. For
the “Walking Blues” article, I started by going to JSTOR, which is on
the main library site under e-Resources A-Z. I searched for “Muddy Waters blues” and checked the
box next to the article.
Then I chose “Export Citation” and RefWorks. The article was automatically
added to my RefWorks “Last Imported” folder. Then I moved it into my American Roots folder. (If you found an article on
Project MUSE, save it, go to Saved Articles, then export it to
- Web sites, field recordings, sheet music etc. These
resources aren’t in the standard databases, so you must enter the
information manually. From
RefWorks, select “References” and “Add New Reference.” Select the type of reference you
want to add, then put in as much information as you have.
- Adding references to your paper. Once you have all your
references, open your American Roots folder (under View) and select
Print. Choose Chicago 16th
edition (Notes & Bibliography) for the Output Style. Email the references to yourself
or copy and paste them into your paper. Unfortunately you sometimes have to do some further
tweaking to get everything in proper format...
- Audio and video recordings. Under Chicago Style,
audio and video recordings should be in a separate list. If a recording was originally
issued as part of an album or single, you should cite the album info
(record label and album number).
There is a good summary
of citation style on the Williams College web site.
- When is it appropriate to cite YouTube? YouTube should only be used if
the video or audio is NOT taken from a
commercially released source, or if the video was posted by an
“official” source—either the artist him- or herself or a
foundation like the Association for Cultural Equity. (In most situations, it’s illegal to post excerpts from movies or albums on YouTube!) The
AlaxLomaxArchive channel (created by the Association for Cultural
Equity) or Tim Eriksen’s batfancy channel (created by the artist
himself) are good examples of YouTube videos that are appropriate to use
for your paper. If you reference a movie or documentary, you should cite
the movie, not YouTube.
Here’s what I got from RefWorks. I would cut and paste the video into
a separate list.
Lomax, Alan. "John Dee
Holeman & Algia Mae Hinton: Yall Come (1983)." Association for
Cultural Equity, accessed February 28, 2011, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp2FOVW4mnQ.
Bland, James A. Oh, Dem
Golden Slippers!. London: C. Sheard, c. 188-?.
Cowley, John. "Really
the 'Walking Blues': Son House, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and the
Development of a Traditional Blues." Popular Music 1, no. ,
Folk or Popular? Distinctions, Influences, Continuities (1981): pp. 57-72.
Romancing the Folk : Public Memory & American Roots Music.
Cultural Studies of the United States. Chapel Hill: University of North
Carolina Press, 2000.
American Roots FYS / Rachel W. Hall