Beyond Classroom Tech Tips…

June 15, 2007

Bibliography Tools

Filed under: Bibliography,Citation generators,Reference pages — Donna DesRoches @ 8:47 pm

Creating bibliographies and reference pages can be frustrating and arduous work for students. And… do they really need to know the specific punctuation and other formatting details? Universities now provide their students with online citation generation tools…. so perhaps we should consider the same for our students especially when they come as cheap and as available and as easy to use as this tool, BibMe… as it claims, easily the quickest way to build a bibliography on the web… or even off line!

It is far more important that we spend out time teaching students how to use the ideas of others to support a point of view, thesis or statement they want to make. Reference pages simply provide details about the sources of those ideas. Bibliographies show that students have consulted a variety of sources. Let’s get away from overwhelming them with the technical details of acknowledging the ideas of others… thus giving them more time to explore and effectively incorporate others’ ideas, opinions and research.

Other online bibliography tools available are:

EasyBib
LandMark Citation Machine
NoodleBib Express This is a great teaching tool as it asks the students several questions which helps them critically look at the source they are using.. useful in a world where information online begins to all look the same.

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