When I was at the OLA conference last week, I stopped by the Papers 3 booth. It is an app to help University students with their research. Here is the little blurb from their website:
Papers helps you collect and curate the research material that you’re passionate about. From citations to search, Papers will improve the way you find, organize, read, cite and share.
After talking to the very nice women, I realized that this kind of tool is a little too sophisticated (not to mention expensive) for our needs. But it occurred to me that it would be really useful to have an app like the software used in Universities (Endnote, etc.) to help gather research materials and then collate bibliographies. As we attempt to arm our students with the necessary skills needed to properly cite their sources and avoid plagiarism, it might behoove us to put a research/citation app on the required list for students.
As a preliminary to the search for the best tool for us, I found this handy dandy site that lists the top apps for this category. Although there are a few free ones, most of them you have to pay so I will be picking and choosing carefully during the following week and giving each a whirl. Stay tuned!