With the start of the new academic almost in full swing, it’s time to start getting organized, buying stationary, managing your time and most importantly fine-tuning the way that you write essays.
The good news is that there are a number of apps that make essay writing easier than ever, managing your references and bibliographies so that you have one less thing to worry about when stressing over deadlines.
Below are five apps for making essay writing easier than ever:
Citationsy makes managing your reading and creating a citation list so quick and simple so that you have one less thing to worry about when juggling a heavy workload. All you do is scan the barcode on the back of the book you are referencing and choose your referencing style and the app does the rest for you. A really nice feature is the ability to create projects, allowing you to scan books as you carry out research and keep them organized in one project folder. When you are ready to create your citation list the app will pull all the books you have stored for your chosen project and use them to put together a full bibliography that you can then import into your essay.
Easy Harvard Referencing
Easy Harvard Referencing really does live up to its name making referencing super easy and quick. You can create different folders for projects allowing you to easily keep track of your reading and organize according to class or particular essay questions. To add a book to a folder you can either scan the barcode or if it is a book you do not have with you, there is a search feature containing almost every book you could ever need to reference. Easy Harvard Referencing contains all of the typical styles that you will be required to use when writing papers, making it super easy to switch between styles to suits each lecturers preferences and saving you the time and effort of learning numerous different styles.
Citation Generator is perfect when you know that your research is going to be varied and you’re looking to cite more unusual sources of information. Just like most citation apps you can create different projects to organize your sources and with just a few clicks have a complete bibliography without all of the hard work. Before scanning or inputting the information for the particular document you wish to cite you can choose what exactly it is you are citing and the options feel almost limitless, with the standard books and research papers but also the slightly stranger Facebook, blogs and artwork. This huge choice makes Citation Generator super handy for people carrying out a much broader piece of research who need a way to organize all of their different sources and easily collate them into a reference list.
Citation Creator is a very clean and sleek app that makes organizing and formatting your references super easy and stress-free. Before starting a piece of research you can create a folder within the app where you can store all of your reading and citations. With Citation Creator you are not limited to the typical books, journals and websites that some apps assume are the only sources of essay writing material but can instead choose from a wide variety of different sources. You can either scan documents such as books and have the app create the citation for you or you can manually input information and watch as your citation is created in real time as you type in the documents details. When you have completed your project and are ready to submit Citation Creator will provide you with a reference list that you can then transfer to your essay, making the whole process as simple as possible.
CiteX is a slightly different tool for referencing instead of doing all the hard work for you CiteX aims to teach you correct referencing rules according to your chosen style. The app includes mini-lessons and examples, as well as practise questions that give you a chance to test how much you have learnt without the fear of handing in a badly referenced essay and being marked down. While apps that store all of your sources and create reference lists for you are great and save a huge amount of time it is also important to be confident in the style that you are using so that you can spot mistakes and easily edit your work and have confidence in the fact that you are submitting a perfectly referenced piece of work.