A new citation app, RefME, is appealingly straight forward to use, I thought it might actually be the easiest for students to learn, although I myself already use Mendeley regularly, and have also tried Zotero and – at one stage – had a subscription to EndNote. I arranged for the rep to give a presentation to myself, and colleagues from across the institution. The app is good. The cost of becoming an institutional partner was too high. I could not get my phone to do the ISBN recognition which is a key part of the app, and I’ve since found the support back up to be sadly wanting, so I won’t be recommending it. Nonetheless, the subject of referencing might be a good one for a trial intervention, and I have not dismissed the idea of creating a quick and basic introduction to referencing. I did blog about RefME – ‘When a tweet provokes thought’, 18th December:- https://karenmcaulay.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/when-a-tweet-provokes-thought/ and I remember my frustration. I like Mendeley. I trust it. I believe Zotero is equally good. I’m sorry, RefME – I won’t be recommending you. It’s a shame.
El Hakim, Yaz, et al, ‘The impact of RefME on the student experience’, report on research by University of Greenwich and Sheffield Hallam University, 2016, 11 pp.