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Useful databases


RefWorks: Why Bother? video

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based tool that helps you manage citations, create bibliographies, and import references from databases. It can convert stored citations into formatted bibliographies. Formatting styles include APA, Chicago, and MLA.

Why RefWorks? Comparison chart with other bibliographic managers.


You can connect to RefWorks from the Libraries' home page. To store your citations, you are required to register with the site. Creating an account is free.

  • Group Code: If you are prompted to login by first proving a subscriber group code, ask at a Reference Desk.

Creating Formatted Bibliographies

To generate a reference list, use the Bibliography menu and select your desired output style.

Getting Help

An extensive RefWorks Quick Start Guide is available for your convienence. Please refer to the RefWorks tutorial and RefWorks help pages for additional information on using RefWorks, and Ask a Librarian for more help with RefWorks.


Writing Scientific Papers

The ebooks in this list are linked; others are available in print through WVU Libraries.

Alley, Michael. The Craft of Scientific Writing. New York: Springer, 1996. (Located at the Health Sciences Library, T11.A37 1996).

Gustavii, Bjorn. How to Write and Illustrate Scientific Papers. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2008. (Currently on order.)

Cargill, Margaret, and Patrick O'Connor. Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps.Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. (Located at Evansdale Library,  T11 .C327 2009.)

Goldbort, Robert. Writing for Science. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 2006.

LeBrun, Jean-Luc. Scientific Writing: A Reader's and Writer's Guide. London: World Scientific, 2007.

Peat, Jennifer, et al. Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How. London: BMJ Books, 2002.

Creating Scientific Presentations

Alley, Michael. The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid. New York: Springer Verlag, 2002.

Atkinson, Cliff. Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 to Create Presentations that Inform, Motivate, and Inspire. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press, 2008.

Purrinton, Colin. "Advice on Designing Poster Sessions." from Biology @Swarthmore. Swarthmore College Biology Department. 2 February 2010.

Purrinton, Colin. Poster Sessions Flickr Pool

Citation Style Guides

Council of Science Editors, Eds. Scientific style and Format: the CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 7th ed. Reston, VA: Council of Science Editors, 2006. (Located at the Downtown Campus Library and Evansdale Library,  T11 .S386 2006.)

Soil Science Society of America Citation Style Quick Guide from Washington State University Libraries

Council of Scientific Editors Citation Style Quick Guide from Washington State University Libraries