Working with citation lists in Resources

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Note: To complete the procedures in this document, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. To determine your role, follow the directions in Participant roles. For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and roles: Overview.


Note: Citation lists are turned off by default. To activate citation lists in Resources, click Options, select the checkbox beside Citation List, and then click Update.

About citation lists

The citation lists feature allows you to search library resources (e.g., WorldCat, Academic Search [EBSCO], JSTOR), as well as create and manage citations and persistent links to articles and other online items.

You can search and retrieve citations from individual databases, such as ProQuest and JSTOR, as well as from groups of subject-specific databases, to create citation lists. Citations contain links to retrieve the full text or physical location of the information. You can attach copies of these citation lists to other items (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, calendar items) within your worksite, and also can export citations to bibliographic management tools, such as EndNote and Reference Manager.

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Adding a new citation list

To create a new citation list:

  1. In your site's menubar, click Resources. Next to the folder in which you wish to add the list, from the Add drop-down list, select Add Citation List.

  2. You now have several options to add citations to your list:


  3. Once you have added citations to your list, name and save your list.

Searching Library Resources

Note: The Search Library Resources option is only available if your institution has access to a library metasearch tool (e.g., Sirsi SingleSearch, Ex Libris MetaLib).

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Searching Google Scholar

To add a citation to your list using Google Scholar, from the Add citations page, click Search Google Scholar.

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Creating a new citation

To add a citation by typing in the citation information, click Create New Citation from the Add Citations page.

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Importing citations in RIS format

  1. From the Add Citations screen, select Import Citations.

  2. Next to "Import File From:", enter the path to the file you wish to import, or click Browse...  to browse to it.

  3. When the filename appears in the box, click Import. The citations from your file will appear in the Citations list.

  4. Alternatively, you can cut and paste RIS formatted text into the text box below "Import RIS Formatted Data from the Following Text:", and click Import.

  5. When you are finished, click Back to Add Citations. To cancel the import, click Cancel Citation List.
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Adding citations from search results to your citation list

Adding a citation to your citation list

To add a citation to your new citation list, click Add next to the desired citation. Once you have successfully added a citation to your list, the Citation Count increases by one, the citation is highlighted, and Add becomes Remove.

Removing a citation from your citation list

To remove a citation from your new citation list, click Remove next to the desired citation. Once you have successfully removed a citation from your list, the Citation Count decreases by one, the citation is no longer highlighted, and Remove becomes Add.

Viewing citation abstracts

By default, only citation titles are displayed. To view abstracts for every citation displayed on the page, click Abstract View; to hide the abstracts and subject information for every citation displayed on the page, click Title View.

To switch between the abstract and title views for an individual citation, click the toggle button (the small black arrow between Add/Remove and the citation title).

Displaying search results

By default, 10 citations are displayed per page. Use the drop-down list to select 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 citations per page.

Paging through search results

Accessing electronic or print content

To access the full text of a resource, click the title of its citation, or click Get It! below the title. If the full text is not available online, it may be available in print.

Starting a new search

To reset the search form, click New Search at the bottom of the page. You can then search a different set of databases.

Adding citations using the WYSIWYG editor

Note: The option to add citations from within the WYSIWYG editor is only available if your institution has access to a library metasearch tool (e.g., Sirsi SingleSearch, Ex Libris MetaLib).

  1. In Resources, click Add and choose Create HTML Page.
  2. Click the book icon (next to the anchor icon) on the toolbar.
  3. A search window will open. For instructions on how to use the search window, see Search Library Resources above.
  4. When you click Add to add a citation from the Search Results page, the citation will be inserted directly into the WYSIWYG editor box.
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Reviewing your citation list

When you have added all the citations you need to your list, click Edit Citation List at the bottom of the page.

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Reviewing your citation list

Accessing electronic or print content

To access the full text of a resource, click the title of its citation, or click Get It! below the title. If the full text is not available online, it may be available in print.

Viewing citations

To access the read-only view of a citation, click view citation below the citation.

Revising citations

To modify the details of a citation, click edit below the citation.

Selecting citations

Paging through your citation list

Exporting citations

Exporting citations will prompt you to download a simple text file in the RIS format, which you can import into most reference management applications, such as EndNote, ProCite, and Reference Manager.

Removing citations

Adding more citations to your list

Canceling your citation list

To cancel your citation list, click Cancel Citation List.

Saving your citation list

To save your list to your Resources tool workspace:

  1. Click Finish.

  2. Enter a name and optional description in the text boxes provided.

  3. Under "Availability and Access", choose the appropriate settings.

  4. To add detailed descriptors, click Optional properties.

  5. To alert site participants, use the drop-down menu next to "Email Notification".

  6. At the bottom, click Finish.
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Editing your citation list details

To view and change the details of your citation list, from the Actions drop-down menu, choose Edit Details.

  1. You can change the name, description, availability, access settings, or optional properties of the citation list.

  2. If you wish to change the file type, click Change File Type, and use the drop-down menus to select the appropriate file type.

  3. To save your settings, click Update at the bottom of the page.

Your citation list will be displayed in your Resources tool. Citations will display in alphabetical order by citation title.

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