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  • #28428

    Maya Lawrence
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    Hi team members,

    Here is the proposal for our group project. Feel free to add any new material, or to tweak existing content. Also when are we going to publish our project?

    PROPOSAL

    Our group’s concept for the online project was to expand upon several citation managers currently on the market, including Easy bib, Zotero, End Note, and Mendeley, to build a new and improved version. Our new and improved citation manager is called NAICRMO, and our citation tool will help students compile a list of sources on a research topic, and enable them to efficiently cite references.
    NAICRMO’s key features include an easy access tool bar with a drop down box that show cases related articles on a specific topic, based on key words it detects throughout the article. NAICRMO also has a built in recommendation tool which is peer-reviewed. Other students from your school who have used our site, and viewed articles on similar topics can recommend if the article you’re interested in is good or not, based on a grading system. (Five stars lets the user know that the article is an excellent source, while one star tells the user the article is not relevant to the topic he/she wishes to research.) When the user is finished with the article they can also rate it according to its relevance, and leave a comment. NAICRMO automatically adds your citations to your computer’s library through an auto fill application where users can extract the contents and transfer it to Open Office, Google docs, or a word document in order to print out a hard copy.
    NAICRMO is accessible on several platforms including Mozilla, Safari, Internet Explorer and Chrome. Since these platforms are slightly different, NAICRMO has a tutorial on its home page with a link to a you- tube video that gives a step-by-step analysis of how to download our citation manager on different platforms, and how to use it once it’s up and running.
    Here’s how NAICRMO works: First, the user must download the software. Once they have, the user can search for numerous articles, journals, newspapers, and peer-reviewed content. On our home page, the user will type in the topic they wish to research in the search bar, choose the article from a list that will appear underneath the search bar, choose the article from a list that will appear underneath the search bar, and NAICRMO (like Mendeley and End Note) will highlight key words inside of the article, and the user will be linked to other related material. A tag cloud will appear on the right side of the article with all of the words relevant to the user’s topic from the article. Another way the user can find content is by double-clicking an icon on the easy access tool bar, and a drop down box will show links to related articles. Each article will have a peer-reviewed rating on the right side of the article, and a comment section that will let future users know the strengths and weaknesses of the article, and its level of relevance to the topic at hand. The user can also update the grading system by leaving a comment and rating the article themselves. Once the user has chosen the best article(s), NAICRMO will take the content and store it in its external library for future users to access.
    The sources we used for our group project were all web based. Our team members looked at four separate citation manager sites including Zotero, Mendeley, Easy bib, and End Note to get a feel for what each site had to offer, and what each site lacked. While Easy bib offered the most features in regards to accessibility, and extraction (Easy bib automatically fills out a form for the user by auto citing sources, alphabetizes the citations, and exports the bibliography to word. Plus Easy bib and Zotero also offer over 55 different citation options.) While Zotero works on several platforms including Mozilla and Safari, and allows the user to import from several databases, as well as some of the other citation managers (Mendeley), we find that our manager adds a little more to the research and citation process through our recommendation tool.
    Our research of the different citation managers currently on the market allowed our group to narrow down the focus of our topic, and to establish a feature that has not been implemented yet.

    #28555

    Maya Lawrence
    Participant

    Reference Page

    About Pages for citation managers already on the market

    http://easybib.com/company
    https://www.zotero.org/about/
    http://endnote.com/product-details
    http://www.mendeley.com/features/
    http://www.bibme.org/

    OLPC Peru/Arahuay. (n.d.). Retrieved April 29, 2011 from the OLPC Wiki: http://wiki.laptop. org/go/OLPC_Peru/Arahuay

    (Sites with more Pros & Cons)

    1. Zotero vs. Mendeley (n.d).Retrieved December 10, 2014 from the HLWIKI International

    http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/Zotero_vs._Mendeley

    2. Compare Mendeley (2014). [Feature Comparison Chart]. Mendeley. Retrieved December 10, 2014 from http://www.mendeley.com/compare-mendeley/

    3. Comparison Chart (2014). [Feature Comparison Chart]. Libraries. Retrieved December 10, 2014 from http://www.library.wisc.edu/services/citation-managers/comparison-chart/

    4. Which one is the best reference management software? (2014)[Feature Comparison Chart, August 27, 2013]. Docear. Retrieved December 10, 2014 from http://www.docear.org/2013/08/27/off-topic-which-one-is-the-best-reference-management-software-tool/

    5. Easybib. (n.d.). [Review of Easybib]. Easybib. Retrieved December 10, 2014 from https://www.graphite.org/website/easybib

    6. Keep Track of your Research (n.d.). [Pros and Cons comparison].Retrieved December 10, 2014 from http://library.ucsc.edu/help/research/keep-track-of-your-research

    7. What is Zotero? (n.d.). [Pros and Cons of Zotero]. Retrieved December 10, 2014 from http://libguides.mit.edu/zotero

    8. EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley Help. (n.d.). [Feature Comparison Bulletin.] Retrieved December 10, 2014 from http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/endnote.html

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 9 months ago by Maya Lawrence.
    #28562

    Maya Lawrence
    Participant

    Hi Sohaib, Crystal and Andrew

    Here is the revised proposal for our group project.

    PROPOSAL

    Our group’s concept for the online project was to expand upon several citation managers currently on the market, including Easy bib, Zotero, End Note, and Mendeley, to build a new and improved version. Our new and improved citation manager is called NAICRMO, and our citation tool will help students compile a list of sources on a research topic, and enable them to efficiently cite references.
    NAICRMO’s key features include an easy access tool bar with a drop down box that show cases related articles on a specific topic, based on key words it detects throughout the article. NAICRMO also has a built in recommendation tool which is peer-reviewed. Other students from your school who have used our site, and viewed articles on similar topics can recommend if the article you’re interested in is good or not, based on a grading system. (Five stars lets the user know that the article is an excellent source, while one star tells the user the article is not relevant to the topic he/she wishes to research.) When the user is finished with the article they can also rate it according to its relevance, and leave a comment. NAICRMO automatically adds your citations to your computer’s library through an auto fill application where users can extract the contents and transfer it to Open Office, Google docs, or a word document in order to print out a hard copy.
    NAICRMO is accessible on several platforms including Mozilla, Safari, Internet Explorer and Chrome. Since these platforms are slightly different, NAICRMO has a tutorial on its home page with a link to a you- tube video that gives a step-by-step analysis of how to download our citation manager on different platforms, and how to use it once it’s up and running. Also if a user does not go to one of the schools that NAICRMO accesses it’s database from, we offer a coupon code during the registration process for a one year free subcription. Or if another user has already downloaded the article/journal, you can contact them through the comment section and ask if they would like to share the pdf with you through an email chain thereby keeping the article active for a longer period of time. NAICRMO also has a library catalog connection where its databases link with several other open libraries.
    Here’s how NAICRMO works: First, the user must download the software. Once they have, the user can search for numerous articles, journals, newspapers, and peer-reviewed content. On our home page, the user will type in the topic they wish to research in the search bar, choose the article from a list that will appear underneath the search bar, choose the article from a list that will appear underneath the search bar, and NAICRMO (like Mendeley and End Note) will highlight key words inside of the article, and the user will be linked to other related material. A tag cloud will appear on the right side of the article with all of the words relevant to the user’s topic from the article. Another way the user can find content is by double-clicking an icon on the easy access tool bar, and a drop down box will show links to related articles. Each article will have a peer-reviewed rating on the right side of the article, and a comment section that will let future users know the strengths and weaknesses of the article, and its level of relevance to the topic at hand. The user can also update the grading system by leaving a comment and rating the article themselves. Once the user has chosen the best article(s), NAICRMO will take the content and store it in its external library for future users to access.
    The sources we used for our group project were all web based. Our team members looked at four separate citation manager sites including Zotero, Mendeley, Easy bib, and End Note to get a feel for what each site had to offer, and what each site lacked. While Easy bib offered the most features in regards to accessibility, and extraction (Easy bib automatically fills out a form for the user by auto citing sources, alphabetizes the citations, and exports the bibliography to word. Plus Easy bib and Zotero also offer over 55 different citation options.) While Zotero works on several platforms including Mozilla and Safari, and allows the user to import from several databases, as well as some of the other citation managers (Mendeley), we find that our manager adds a little more to the research and citation process through our recommendation tool.
    Our research of the different citation managers currently on the market allowed our group to narrow down the focus of our topic, and to establish a feature that has not been implemented yet.

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 9 months ago by Maya Lawrence.
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