While re-working course outlines and PowerPoint presentations, I was looking for an easy way to add citations for both personal use as well as for publishing materials publicly on Blackboard, YouTube, etc. Previously, I was a user of EndNote, a program that allows you to manage scholarly resources and insert citations with ease into documents produced using Microsoft Word. EndNote works very well but is a program that must be purchased after an intial 30 day trial period. I do not have EndNote on my NWTC computer.
Recently, after a simple Google search, I found Mendeley. It is easy to use and has a web based as well as a downloadable program based interface. These two options sync with one another easily and seem to have all of the same functionality of my old favorite – EndNote. Mendeley also offers a Microsoft Word plug-in. The major advantage of Mendeley is the price. It is free!
So far, I have found Mendeley to be easy to use. I highly recommend it to both you and your students. If you would like to give it a try, here is the website: