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Information about FLOW, your personal research library and citation management database. Creating an account, exporting citations, sharing content, and creating a bibliography are primary features of Flow.
Last Updated: Jun 12, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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FLOW - Your personal research library!

Flow, formerly RefWorks, is an online research/citation management tool that allows you to collect, store, and manage information into your own personal research library. By July 2014 RefWorks accounts should be migrated into Flow.

Read the sections below based on whether you are a new user or already have an existing RefWorks account. You may want to print this page for future reference.

Some features of Flow:

  1. The "Save to Flow" button captures metadata and full text from major databases and websites creating your own database of references and full text. Note: Currently a limited number of databases utilize the 'Save to Flow' feature. ProQuest and JSTOR are the two platforms Waggoner Library subscribes to that will 'Save to Flow'. More will be added during the migration this year.
  2. Upload PDF format articles saved on your computer into Flow.  Flow will automatically enter as much citation information for those documents into your Flow library as can be detected.
  3. Export references from article databases and Websites.
  4. Use Flow's built-in reader to peruse, highlight, and annotate your documents right in the browser window.
  5. Create draft bibliographies in your choice of citation style that can be edited in Word.
  6. Flow automatically detects your duplicate references and helps clean them up.
  7. Sync your Flow library with your Dropbox account.
  8. Still using Mendeley, Zotero, RefWorks or another reference manager? Flow imports existing libraries and full text documents with just a couple of clicks. Details on how import from other services can be found here.

All current Flow users log in here!

Important!  At this time new accounts must be created using a computer or laptop.  Mobile devices such as an iPad or smartphones do not support new account creation at this time.  Once your account is created you will be able to log into Flow and take advantage of its features using your mobile device. There is no app to install, instead you would access Waggoner library through Safari or the internet browser on your mobile device.

For new Flow users:

  • If you are currently off campus reading this, follow these directions:
    • Click here to sign up and create your Flow account.
    • An invitation access code will be needed to authenticate you are a Trevecca user.

Contact Waggoner library at 615-248-1570 or for this access code.

    • An alternative method that does not require the invitation access code:

Register through the internet browsers within the Trevecca Network via Citrix to provide authentication without the invitation access code. Use your computer or laptop to access Citirix. The iPad app, Citrix Receiver, is not reliable for this process.

  • If you are currently on campus reading this, follow these directions:
    • Click here to sign up and create your Flow account.
    • Follow the prompts to create your account and begin using Flow.

Re: Internet browsers

The Favorites bar [IE] or Bookmarks bar [Firefox] need to be viewable to take full advantage of Flow's features.

Re: Getting your existing references into Flow

If you are an EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, ReadCube, Papers or Mendeley user, you can import existing resources from there into Flow.  Details on how import from other services can be found here.

 All current Flow users log in here!

For existing RefWorks users:

  • Log into your RefWorks account.
  • Notice the "New" icon in the top left corner of your RefWorks homepage. Clicking this link will help you move your existing resources from RefWorks over into Flow.

  • You may encounter a security warning.  Click “Continue”.
  • Click “Start Using Flow” to create your new account and begin the migration process.
  • You’ll be asked to create a password.  Make sure you read the terms of use and sign up for the Flow Tips and Service updates if you'd like.
  • Now add your name and select your role and focus area and click on 'Next'.
  • Set up the "Save to Flow" button (the easiest way to get research into your Flow account!) and watch the video to see how it works.
  • Once you click on “Next Step”, Flow will start moving your database.
  • In a few minutes, you’ll see a confirmation page telling you the migration has been successful. 
  • Click on “Let’s Go” to bring you into your Flow library. 
  • Note: You can continue to use your RefWorks account, but any references added to your RefWorks database are not automatically transferred into Flow.  To move those into Flow, you’ll need to repeat the steps above.
  • View the help guide on moving Refworks to Flow as needed.

Waggoner Library Contact Information

Phone: 615-248-1570

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