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Introduction to Applied Nutrition Research

Overview of research tools available through Rutgers libraries for graduate students working on their literature review for their thesis in the Department of Nutritional Sciences (SEBS).

APA Style

APA stands for American Psychological Association and is a common formatting style for essays and papers in various disciplines. APA style has unique formats for in-text citations and reference pages.

APA maintains its own website with multiple examples of how to format your paper and cite your sources. The latest APA Manual 7th edition is available on the APA website.

Managing the research process with citation managament tools

With a research and bibliographic management tool such as RefWorks or EndNote, you can

  • collect information (citations and full text articles) from online databases and websites by importing or entering manually 
  • organize, customize, and store above information in folders and subfolders, including  reading, highlighting, and annotating documents
  • add in-text citations and footnotes to a paper directly from your RefWorks library
  • create and format a bibliography of works cited in a variety of citation styles
  • share documents to collaborate with other researchers

Direct Export from New PubMed

Collect citations in PubMed

  1. Run a search in PubMed. Select articles you want to import to RefWorks by checking the box next to the titles.
  2. Click Send To and choose the Clipboard, NOT the Citation Manager.
  3. Do this several times. PubMed will keep your Clipboard results for 8 hours.

Send citations from PubMed to RefWorks by saving them to a PubMed file

  1. Click on the Clipboard link under the search box.  
  2. Click Save and choose PubMed from the Format pulldown menu, then click Create File.
  3. Your file will be saved in your Downloads file folder as pubmed-12345678-set.txt, and/or as a recently downloaded file in the grey line at the bottom of your screen. This format is readable by RefWorks.

Import citations into RefWorks

  1. Open RefWorks, and create a folder for your collection.
  2. Click the + Add button at the top left and choose Import References.
  3. Use the Import from a file field  to drag and drop the pubmed file from your Downloads folder.
  4. Citations will automatically be added to your Last Imported Folder in RefWorks.
  5. Move the records from Last Imported to your new folder.

Plagiarism Warning!

Plagiarism is a major concern at every level in education and publishing.Rutgers has several resources to help you avoid it, including the Rutgers Academic Integrity Policy.


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