A few months ago, I waxed poetic about the features of a reference manager called Proquest Flow, but if you go looking for it today, you won’t have much luck. The good news, however, is that all of the same great tools and easy-to-use interface are still available, just under a new name: RefWorks.
If you already began using Flow, your account and all of the materials you have saved will be automatically converted to a RefWorks account, so you won’t loose a thing. Aside from an updated color scheme and a few new tools, everything should be exactly how you remembered, making the transition simple.
If you’re new to the Flow/RefWorks ecosystem, allow me to reintroduce some of its great features:
- Cloud-based: Access all of your articles and citations from any computer that you’re working on.
- Easy upload: Drag and drop PDF articles to automatically import the full text and automatically generate a citation. Or, add materials manually or through database export.
- Integration: Use add-ons to integrate your RefWorks references when writing in Word or Google Docs.
- Organization: Take notes, highlight, add annotations and keep research materials organized with tags and folders.
- Automatic Citations: Easily create your bibliography in one click, with support for any citation style you need.
The more experienced researchers among you might remember RefWorks as the main competitor of EndNote during the desktop computer era. It’s the same entity, but an entirely re-imagined and re-built system for modern technology. ProQuest Flow was the beta version of this new program, but it’s been completed and tested, and now will replace the old system as the default RefWorks interface.
If you’d like to test it out, anybody with Touro.edu email address can register. Just go to proquest.refworks.com to sign-up.