I had a great learning experience yesterday!
In my reading, I stumbled across this post from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning titled “7 GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHY AND CITATION TOOLS FOR STUDENTS“. I thought that it would be worthy of sharing and so sent the link to Twitter. From there, it would end up in my Diigo stream since I have Packratius looking for links. Done!
Not so fast there linky boy.
Later on in the afternoon, I got a message from Refr.it. It was simple and to the point…
Hmmm. Was this spam? Probably not. How many spammers would take the time to design such a spiffy logo! I checked out the actual Twitter account and was intrigued by the descriptor. “Hi were new. We aim to help harvard reference haters. Please give us a go at our website. There is a video demoing it. Big Thanks #refr” (I did send a message about the missing apostrophe)
Looks legit so I thought I’d check it out. Here’s their video.
The system looks so easy to use. Just paste a URL into their form and submit – no registration required. I can do that. Copy and paste the above URL generates the following.
With the reference for your bibliography being:
refritofficial, 2012. Refr it – Harvard referencing made easy. youtube.com. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d7k68TQLk6A [Accessed 13th November 2012]
The next step was to determine just what “Harvard References” were. The term was new to me – I was familiar with MLA, APA, Turabian and Chicago. Checking the colourful language on the Refr.it timeline shows the “love” that people have for Harvard References so I can see that there would be a demand for a service like this. I found a pretty comprehensive list of examples here. I can see the source of the messages.
I guess the original list of seven could use an additional reference!