RefMe mobile app makes citations easier

Get an automatic bibliography simply by scanning or inputing the sources information into the app

RefMe mobile app allows Android and iPhone users to scan the bar code of a book, automatically turning it into a referenced source Photo: Tina Todaro/The Dialog

RefMe mobile app allows Android and iPhone users to scan the bar code of a book, automatically turning it into a referenced source
Photo: Tina Todaro/The Dialog

Referencing citations for essays or bibliographies has never been easier. The new mobile app, RefMe, can help students who struggle with formatting their sources into different styles.

This application is free for both iPhone and Android users. By scanning the barcode on the back of a book, manually entering a book’s ISBN number, entering a website URL or any other type of source, the app will then create a reference page tailored just for you.

Particular formatting styles are required for different essays, and the app does that too. By selecting the format you wish to use such as: APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago style, MLA (Modern Language Association), Harvard and more, your sources will automatically be structured to the format of your choosing.

According to an iTunes preview of the app, RefMe allows users to add notes to their references either on the mobile app or at RefMe.com. Users can export their citations by email or Evernote, send their work straight to Microsoft Word, EndNote and more.

With great reviews, this app will surely help students to rid themselves of finicky style struggles and ace that part of their essays and assignments. It will also give students an opportunity to go over the automatic, two-second construction of the reference list and figure out how to write the citations on their own, using RefMe as a guide.

For more information students can go to RefMe.com, iTunes.apple.com or play.google.com to see how their device supports the app.

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RefMe mobile app makes citations easier