to Rutgers restricted resources linked from RefWorks Flow.
- What is Flow?
- How do I create a Flow account?
- How do I access my Flow account?
- How is Flow different from RefWorks?
- Can I use RefWorks and Flow simultaneously?
- How do I migrate my RefWorks library to Flow?
- How do import references from other citation managers into Flow?
- How do I save citations and documents to Flow?
- What sites are supported with Save to Flow?
- Does Save to Flow work with the Rutgers Library Catalog?
- How do I create a bibliography with Flow?
- How do I insert citations and footnotes into my research paper?
- How do I share document collections with other Flow users?
- Does Flow have a storage limit?
- Will I continue to have access to Flow after I leave Rutgers?
- Where can I find more information about Flow?
What is Flow?
Flow is a research management tool from Refworks that makes it easy to save references, documents, articles, and web pages and organize them into your own personal research library. With Flow you can:
- Save references and full text documents from major online databases and websites
- Access your references and documents from any computer or mobile device
- Organize, highlight, and annotate your documents
- Collaborate and share document collections with other Flow users
- Add citations and footnotes to your research paper from references in your Flow library
- Automatically create a bibliography in any citation style
How do I create a Flow account?
To create a Flow account:
- Go to and click "Sign Up".
- Enter your Rutgers email address and create a password.
- Click the activation link in the confirmation email. (If you don't see a confirmation email, check your spam folder).
How do I access my Flow account?
To access your Flow account, click on at the top of this page and login with your email address and password. If you're off-campus, you'll be prompted for your NetID and password first.
Don't have an account yet? See How do I create a Flow account?
How is Flow different from RefWorks?
Flow is a completely separate product from RefWorks. Like RefWorks, Flow allows you to save and organize your references, but it also offers a number of additional features such as full text document importing, annotation, and sharing. For more information, see How does Flow relate to RefWorks?
Can I use RefWorks and Flow simultaneously?
Yes. RefWorks will continue to be available alongside Flow. This gives you an opportunity to try both tools and choose the one that works best for you.
A few notes about using RefWorks and Flow simultaneously:
- When using the Export to RefWorks feature in library databases, citations will be exported to whichever platform you were last logged into. For example, if your export request is directed to RefWorks but you want to export citations to Flow, you'll need to login to your Flow account and then return to the database to repeat your export request.
- Your RefWorks and Flow libraries will not automatically be synced. However, you can migrate your RefWorks library to Flow at any time by following the steps outlined in How do I migrate my RefWorks library to Flow?
- Installing Flow for Word overwrites any currently installed version of RefWorks Write N Cite.
How do I migrate my RefWorks library to Flow?
If you do not have a Flow account, you can migrate your RefWorks library to Flow by logging into RefWorks and clicking Move to Flow in the top left corner. This will take you through the steps of creating a Flow account and migrating your RefWorks library to Flow. You may continue to use your RefWorks account, but any references added to RefWorks will not automatically be transferred into Flow. To move those, you'll need to follow the steps below.
If you already have a Flow account, login to your Flow account, click on the Options icon , and select Import References. Click on the RefWorks button to begin importing your existing RefWorks library to Flow.
How do I import references from other citation managers into Flow?
To import references from other citation managers such as EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero, see Getting your existing references into Flow.
How do I save citations and documents to Flow?
Save to Flow is a web browser plugin that allows you to save citations and, in some cases, full text articles to your Flow library. Check the list of supported sites to see what sites Save to Flow will work on.
To add the Save to Flow button to your browser, click on the Options icon , select Setup Flow Tools, and drag the Save to Flow button to your bookmarks toolbar. Click the Save to Flow button in your browser any time you want to save a reference or document to your Flow library.
For databases that are not yet compatible with Save to Flow, you can still save references to your library by using the Export to RefWorks function within the database. For instructions on exporting citations from specific databases, please consult Importing from Online Data Vendors.
Note: In order to ensure that Export to RefWorks sites correctly point towards Flow, please make sure that you have logged out of your RefWorks account and logged into your Flow account.
You can also add items to your Flow library by dragging and dropping files from your computer. Flow uses its document recognition feature to attempt to auto-complete the citation information. Citation information can also be manually entered or edited.
What sites are supported with Save to Flow?
Save to Flow does not work the same on all sites. On some sites you can save references (i.e., citation information) only. On others, you can save full text documents in addition to the reference. Check the list of supported sites to see what sites Save to Flow will work on.
Does Save to Flow work with the Rutgers Library Catalog?
Saving references from the library catalog is not currently supported with the Save to Flow button. However, you can save references by adding them to your Book Bag and exporting them using the Export to RefWorks option.
How do I create a bibliography with Flow?
Select the collection you want to use (or choose All Documents) and click the Bibliography button at the top of the page. Choose your bibliography style and click Create. Your formatted bibliography will be displayed in your browser for you to copy and paste into any word processing software. Flow supports all major citation styles for formatting bibliographies including APA, MLA, and Chicago. For a complete list of output styles, see supported citation styles.
How do I insert citations and footnotes into my research paper using Flow?
Flow for Word allows you to easily insert citations and footnotes from your Flow library into a Microsoft Word document. To install Flow for Word, login to your Flow account, click on the Options icon , select Setup Flow Tools, and download Flow for Word. For detailed instructions, see Using Flow with Microsoft Word.
Note: Installing Flow for Word overwrites any currently installed version of RefWorks Write N Cite.
How do I share document collections with other Flow users?
To share a collection with other Flow users, click on the collection's name to select it, then
- Click Share
- Enter the email address of the person you wish to share with
- Select the level of access for that person (read, annotate, or modify)
- Click Share Collection
The person you've invited will get an email notification, and a notification inside Flow, where they can accept the invitation. You can share documents with unlimited Rutgers Flow users and up to 5 Flow users outside of Rutgers.
Does Flow have a storage limit?
Yes. Flow allows you to store up to 10GB worth of documents. You can also choose to save all of your Flow documents to Dropbox. For more information, see Flow Integration with Dropbox.
Will I continue to have access to Flow after I leave Rutgers?
Yes, all faculty and alumni will continue to have access to their Flow account as long as Rutgers continues to subscribe.
Where can I find more information about Flow?
For more information about using Flow, visit: http://help.flow.proquest.com