Generate Citations with RefME

desktopRefME is a free web and mobile tool to generate citations, reference lists and bibliographies. With REfME you can:

  • Create references with one click
  • Reference in many styles including MLA, APA, and Harvard
  • Scan book and journal barcodes to generate a reference (Get the app in the App Store or Google Play)
  • Store your references in the cloud

Although this tool may make referencing easy, it shouldn’t replace knowing how to create references ‘by hand.’ We have many resources for you on our Additional Resources page under Citing Sources.

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Using Google Books, Scholar and Newspaper Archive

These three tools may help you find more resources than just using a Google.com search!

Google Books allows you to search the full text of books. You can search, browse books online, or buy or borrow books.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature and helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

Google Newspaper Archives is an extension of Google News and provides free access to scanned archives of newspapers and links to other newspaper archives on the web, both free and paid.

The three short YouTube videos below were created by Free Tech for Teachers and provide overviews on these tools. Check them out and learn some new search tricks!

CRAP!

search the web graphicDid that get your attention? Well, it’s not what you think! CRAP is the acronym for evaluating the credibility of web information: Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose. Researching information has become more complex with the increasing amount of information to sort through online. To determine whether or not information is CRAP, ask yourself these questions:

Currency

  • How recent is the information?
  • Does it appear elsewhere under an older date?

Reliability

  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is the content mostly opinion or fact? Are the two balanced?
  • Does the writer provide references or sources for data or quotations?
  • Is the information source cited or credit given to those who had similar ideas?

Authority

  • Who is the author?
  • Is the writer an expert on the topic?
  • What are the writer’s credentials?
  • Who is the publisher or sponsor?
  • Is the sponsor or publisher reputable?
  • What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements where the article or blog post appears?

Purpose

  • Is the information fact or opinion? Is the information biased?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell or persuade the reader of something?

Source: “Is This Information Crap? I Sure Hope So.” wiziq. Web. 4 Aug. 2013.

Scroll through The 3As of A+ Research from Chiara Ojeda below for more information about choosing credible web sources.

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Google Scholar

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Need to do research for a paper? You can find valuable research-based articles using Google Scholar!

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

With Google Scholar You Can:

  • Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place
  • Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications
  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
  • Keep up with recent developments in any area of research
  • Check who’s citing your publications, create a public author profile

http://scholar.google.com/intl/en-US/scholar/about.html

Google Scholar provides citation and search tips. You can also set up your own library with articles you collect and organize them by topic. Google will even keep the links up to date for you! The next time you need to do research give Google Scholar a try and let us know how it worked for you.

Improving Completion Rates in Online Developmental Math Courses

mathPosterOn February 28, Patricia Brower, Math Technology Specialist, and Jeff Johnston, UAS Campus Director, presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference in Portland on their Title III funded case study. The focus of the presentation was on the analysis of the changes made to the online developmental math courses at the Sitka Campus. Patricia and Jeff spoke with several attendees about the success of the case study and the improvements made to the completion rates of UAS’ online developmental math courses; the courses have sustained a 30% increase in completion rates over five continuous semesters.

Under the UAS Sitka Campus Title III grant, research was conducted to discover how we could increase completion rates for our online developmental math courses. Using the well known emporium model (where math is taught within a physical lab) as a guide, we set out to improve our completion rates by improving sustained engagement. In looking at the research data, we found that throughout the US, developmental math courses were serving as a barrier to completion not only of the math courses themselves, but of degrees in general. Creating an “impassable gateway” for many, and serving as a graveyard for college students, developmental math courses have proven to be in need of redesign so that student can acquire their degrees and to go on to successful careers. To learn more about the purpose and approach of the research read the brief report.

The case study brought much interest from campuses across the United States interested in the possibility of creating successful online courses for developmental mathematics. Jeff and Patricia presented on how through the project, the Title III team was able to adapt the emporium model to a completely online environment. This new “Virtual Emporium Model” is one of the first models used for online developmental math education. Mcgraw Hill is featuring the results of this case study for other Universities, so that they can see how to successfully use adaptive math programs like ALEKS on their own campuses.

Quick Note – Chrome Note Taking App

Take notes in Chrome using Quick Note – a lightweight desktop note taking app. It can be used as a notepad, scratchpad, clipboard, or to record todo lists. And it’s free from the Chrome Web Store!

Quick Note is:

  • Quick to add and edit ~ Add note in the app or from right-click menu

  • Quick to search ~ Instant search for all notes

  • Quick to access ~ One-click to access your notes

  • Quick to Sync ~ Sync to cloud and access your notes anywhere

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Power Searching with Google

Google Inside Search has free classes on Power Searching with Google. There are six classes that include short videos and activities to do on your own.

  • Class 1 – Introduction
  • Class 2 – Interpreting results
  • Class 3 – Advanced techniques
  • Class 4 – Finding facts faster
  • Class 5 – Checking your facts
  • Class 6 – Putting it all together
There’s also a Power Searching Quick Guide to help get you started!

Library Services for Distance Students

The UAS Egan Library is available to you, whether you are a local or distance UAS student and the resources are endless!  The library has a wide-ranging print collection and comprehensive online resources that are available to registered UAS students in any location, 24 hours a day.

By using the OneSearch database, you can find books, ebooks, and articles on many topics. You can access OneSearch on the Egan Library home page. If you need tips on database searching, use this research guide compiled by your friendly librarians.

booksinmailThe Egan Library can deliver books directly to your home address! When it comes time to return the books, Sitka campus students have the option of dropping them off at the Sitka Campus front desk, or mailing them back (at the student’s expense) to the Egan Library.

If you are not yet registered to use the library services, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Start by registering for a library card
  2. Then, create a user account in the interlibrary loan system ILLiad

Contact the Egan Library staff with any questions you may have. The staff is ready to support your studies and answer your questions. Email them at egan.library@uas.alaska.edu or give them a call at 907-796-6502.

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