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Plant Biology

Library Resources supporting the Plant Biology Graduate Program at UMass


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RefWorks is an online tool that helps you manage citations and create formatted bibliographies in various output styles (e.g. APA, AMA, Chicago). It is a fee-based tool, but UMass Amherst Libraries has a subscription, so you can create an account for free! Be sure to use your email address as your account name.

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RefWorks Write-N-Cite / Citation Manager

Use the Refworks Write-N-Cite plug-in to write your paper, insert references, and create a bibliography at the end of the paper. In NEW RefWorks, there are options for Microsoft Word (PC & MAC versions) and Google Docs.

PLEASE NOTE: Although RefWorks includes a button from within the Tools menu to install the Write-N-Cite Add-on for Google Docs, it seems that the security for Google Apps at UMass Amherst accounts will not allow the Add-on to be installed this way. However, an alternate route to the Add-on is available. 

  1. Open a Google Docs document (can be new or previously created).

  2. Go to the “Add-ons” menu and select “Get add-ons”

  3. In the search box, type “RefWorks”

  4. You should get a single result, “ProQuest RefWorks”

  5. Click the “+Free” button to install the add-on

  6. To use the Write-N-Cite feature, when you want to insert a citation, simply go to the “Add-ons” menu and select “ProQuest RefWorks” then “Manage citations.”

You can learn more about the RefWorks Add-on for Google Docs in this video from ProQuest.

Video tutorials on RefWorks Citation Manager - the tool for Microsoft Word that lets you connect to your RefWorks library while typing your paper so you can select citations to insert and build your bibliography as you go. 

Getting Article Info into RefWorks

Tips on how to get your articles from searches in commonly used biology databases into RefWorks.

NOTE: The RefWorks Guide has a tab with a more complete list. 

Books on Writing & Research

Academic Honesty & Plagiarism

"Academic dishonesty is prohibited in all programs of the University. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty." University of Massachusetts Amherst Academic Honesty Policy and Appeal Procedure

Here are some links for more information about avoiding academic dishonesty:

Citation Guides

Not only do you need to cite your sources, but you need to format them according to a particular style. Your professor will often ask you to use a certain style in your paper. Here are links for more information about the styles commonly used in the biological sciences: