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Basic RefWorks - Links to related content

A potentially significant function consists in having links in your references connect to content that is related to those references. The following are possible routines.

1. You can use the "Find It" links that are automatically included in the database records that you import from our research databases. For example, these links can connect to associated full text articles, or to book information on OhioLINK, etc.

2. You can also put links into references in your RefWorks site that can connect to web sites. For a given reference, in the RefWorks URL, or DOI, or Notes field type in the full web URL. For example, typing in "" and saving the reference places a link to the University Libraries web site in that reference. Or, copying and pasting in the URL from a Google search result screen may serve as a means to 'rerun/update' a Google search that is related to a particular reference.

3. You can attach files to references on your RefWorks site. This involves saving files such as pdfs and putting these on your RefWorks site. You might do this to make sure that files related to your references remain available to access via RefWorks. Steps:

a. Click on Edit for a desired reference record.

b. Click on Browse next to the Attachments field within your reference record to locate the desired pdf/file.

c. Click on Add Attachment A thumbnail icon will appear when the pdf/file is attached.

d. Click on Save Reference.

Note: There is a 20 MB per file attachment limit. Ask about other overall account attachment limits determined by Kent State's RefWorks Administrator. Using "Find It" in a RefWorks record to link to full-text options of a resource when available is probably recommeded.

4. You can also link to files on your computer. Steps for doing this are available in the RefWorks "Help" information.