Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) launches new web interface with RefWorks link

by Administrator Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:44 PM
RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool. It is a popular service that allows users to gather data from all sorts of sources into one web based subscription account and it produces nice-looking bibliographies. How good is that? Why would anyone want to give that up? Well, who says that you have to. How about having the best of that world as well as a fully searchable, web-based catalogue nicely integrated into your website? OTRU-ESP
The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit wanted just that. They came to Andornot with a request to take their catalogue records out of RefWorks, migrate them over to DB/TextWorks, and put them on the web using WebPublisher PRO. Plus they wanted to provide users with the ability to select records in the database and Email them, Save to a file, Print the list or best yet, add them to their own personal RefWorks account.

Andornot worked with RefWorks Support to determine the format that was required to import records into RefWorks and added this function to our Email Save and Print WebPublisher PRO add-on.

The OTRU librarian, Diane Van Abbe, didn’t stop there, she also wanted a link on the Quick search page to the New Additions in her catalogue and she wanted the ability to highlight Canadian Canadian Flag materials. She got that too.

Diane says, "Having our library catalogue on the web has been one of my goals for some time now. As part of an academic community, providing the ability for our researchers to save to RefWorks is a real bonus. It is great to be able to provide extra service to our users with this feature."
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