If you are a parent, you will likely be called upon at some point in your child’s school career for research homework support. If you are a member of the teaching faculty, you may be assigning work that requires students to cite their sources. In either case, your task will be made easier if you become familiar with one or both of the citation support tools offered through the OWHL.
Many PA students are already familiar with these tools. The instructional librarians incorporate these tools into our classes for three reasons.
1. They allow students to easily organize their sources, and generate properly formatted bibliographies.
2. They offer features that help students keep their notes and ideas organized and in one place.
3. They help prevent unintentional plagiarism.
While all Andover students discuss academic integrity and sign certifications every year, it is when they are actively engaged in writing a paper or doing a project that they really need to know what is and isn’t permissible.
NoodleTools and EasyBib are subscription-based online citation tools that make both citing and note-taking easier and more efficient. Many students come to Andover having learned to use EasyBib at their middle school. For several years we have taught NoodleTools to history students. Both tools are full-featured enough to support sophisticated research.
Both of these citations tools allow you to create citations in various styles, convert from one style to another, make footnotes from existing bibliographic info, and organize and print a bibliography.
They support note-taking by allowing you to create virtual notecards that you can sort and group, and share with teachers or fellow students. You can automatically create an outline from your organized note cards.
Both products offer free apps for IOS and Android that allow you to scan a book’s ISBN barcode to generate a citation that can be saved to both NoodleTools and EasyBib accounts.
Stop by the OWHL to learn more about these two excellent bibliographic citation and notes management tools.
– Sharon Pei, World Languages Librarian