Aside

Hardest stage of research

While populating our library Pinterest board with good Android apps for college students, this description caught my eye in this Lifehack list:easybib

 

“Probably” eh? Alas, no, according to various bits of info from ProjectInfoLit.org (near and dear to my heart), citations tend to be way down the list.  Starting research, choosing keywords to search… that’s where students tend to really get stuck. Citations, on the other hand, are the things they some of them do as an afterthought when they don’t really care anymore and also I need a source that says what I already said in my paper. Did I cite about.com correctly?

And in any event, as I tell students, the most challenging part of writing citations aren’t the parts a citation creation tool can really help with: IDing exactly what kind of source you’re looking at and then locating all the information required. Databases: not just collections of great sources… they’re easy to cite, too!

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