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Flow training session on October 29, 2014

October 27, 2014

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 2:30pm-4:00pm, ProQuest representatives will be here to discuss "Flow: A New Citation Management Tool for Student & Faculty Researchers."  Below is a description of what the FREE training session will entail, including a draft of the agenda. There will be an in-person session on the Rutgers-Newark campus, in Conklin 445, but the session will also be videoconferenced to the New Brunswick and Camden campuses. In addition, the event will be streamed live on the web at https://vcenter.njvid.net/videos/livestreams/page1/ and can be watched on demand at https://vcenter.njvid.net/videos/.  To register for the training session, please send an e-mail to oirt@rutgers.edu

Description:  Put together by the same company as RefWorks, Flow is a new citation/reference management tool being offered to Rutgers students and faculty. Although both tools can help you organize your references, create bibliographies, format papers, and share your collections, they each have certain strengths. Student and faculty researchers are invited to attend a session presented by company representatives. Come learn about the differences between Flow and RefWorks and what advantages Flow offers. While this session is primarily geared towards student & faculty researchers currently using RefWorks, those who use other citation management tools and even those who have never used such a tool before are also welcome to join us. Please bring your own laptop if you would like hands-on experience.

Location:  This session will be video conferenced from Newark (Conklin 445) to Camden (256 Robeson Library) and New Brunswick (Room 102K ASB Annex I, Busch Campus).


1. Overview of the differences between RefWorks and Flow
  a) strengths & weaknesses of each product
  b) what kind of researcher workflow is RefWorks / Flow most suitable for? (e.g., whether starting primarily with PDFs or database searching, which indexes/databases are generally used)

2. Demo of Flow (with an emphasis on its strengths over RefWorks, b-e below)
  a) general introductory items such as creating collections, adding content from various sources, creating bibliographies
  b) PDFs from certain databases or sites can be auto-transferred to Flow
  c) PDFs dragged & dropped from Desktop --> auto-seek of metadata
  d) color-coded annotations by different people is possible, & annotations are searchable
  e) collection sharing includes sharing of annotated files

3. Demo of citation migration
  a) from RefWorks to Flow
  b) instructions for migration from other tools (e.g., EndNote, Mendeley) to Flow

4. What's forthcoming in Flow?  (i.e., being worked on)

5. Q&A

SponsorsRutgers Office of Instructional and Research Technology & Rutgers University Libraries