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Citation Tools: RefMe

RefMe

Access RefMe at:  http://www.refme.com/

RefMe

RefMe is a free citation management system that helps you organize and store bibliographic data. RefMe works with web browsers and a "WebGrabber" (for Google Chrome) that grabs citation details from websites.  RefMe displays formatted citations and in-text citations to be copied & pasted into your word processor.  â€‹Your RefMe database can be organized into "Projects"  and there are robust sharing and social networking capabilities.  

RefMe has robust mobile phone and tablet applications available.  Check this RefMe Support page (https://refme.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb) for details.  

RefMe Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Ease of use
  • Simplicity of the database
  • Direct display of formatted citations
  • Simple copy & paste to add to your word processing document

CONS:

  • Cannot save PDFs 
  • Not integrated with word processor; limited functionality within Word

RefMe Basics

  • Create a personal log-in
  • Install the "RefMe WebClipper" bookmarklet (if you use Google Chrome)
  • Dig in!!  
    • Create a "Project" (like a folder)
    • Add citations to the Projects (as of 6/15: all citations need to be manually added; RefMe is planning to have an "import" function in the future) 
    • RefMe displays your citations in the format style you have selected (such as APA 6th), with both a reference list style and an in-text citation style.  All citations from the Project can be copied & pasted or exported into Word; you insert them into your document as appropriate.
  • NOTE:  Citations that are manually added to RefMe depend upon accuracy of input in capitalization.  For references that are imported via the WebClipper, you will need to review the citations for capitalization, corresponding to the APA 6th rules on capitalization.  

RefMe Tutorials

RefMe is a new product, intended to be very simple and user-friendly.  To date, there are very few tutorials available -- the current YouTube tutorials demonstrate functions and features that are not very pertinent to the kind of use it is likely that you would make of the database.  

There is a link to RefMe Help & Support (https://refme.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb) which can be useful for answering basic questions.  I think you will find that you can figure out most of the functionality by experimenting with the database.