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Referencing for Smartphone Users

ReferenceME barcode scanGood news for smartphone users. The referencing app ReferenceME, which is currently available for free on iPhone, iPad and Android devices, allows users to scan barcodes, thus making data entry a breeze.

If the book you wish to add has no barcode, the ISBN number can be entered instead.

In those cases where the bibliographical details cannot be retrieved automatically, they can be put in manually as well.

The app also allows for additional data to be entered manually, as is necessary, for instance, in the case of edited collections of articles where the title of the chapter and the name of the author will have to be provided by the user.

Details for journal articles can be entered in the same way.

ReferenceME style selectionBased on the data that has been entered, the app will then format bibliographical entries and in-text citations (it asks for relevant page numbers to be put in as well).

Before the data can be exported, users need to select the desired bibliographical style. The app offers a wide range of options. One of the options listed is the Harvard style, but in order for the bibliographies and in-text citations to be in line with the guidelines of the LCTP and the University of Cumbria, it is important to select the APA style.

ReferenceME exportThe final step is the export of the data, which works via email, i.e. the app will email a formatted list of all the bibliographical entries and in-text citations to the selected email address.

If you are working on more than one project at the same time, that’s no problem either, as the app allows you to manage several projects, each with its own list of books and articles.

While the app is performing well, I found that some data had to be modified manually after it had been imported. This was true especially for publishers’ names and places of publication. That aside, this is a useful tool that takes some of the legwork out of referencing.

Karl Möller