As everyone gears up for final papers and exams, here are some helpful tools for studying and writing. Remember we will have free snacks in the library during finals week, and therapy dogs in the mornings to boost your oxytocin.
Flashcards are a proven study aid that work best when presented randomly. This is hard to do yourself, so try one of these apps that let you create your own deck or use already created decks. For IOS or Android phones, try Quizlet. You can use Quizlet from a browser (laptop/desktop) as well. For iPhones, Tinycards is an award-winning flashcard app.
Plagiarism is a serious academic offense, so check your papers and reports before handing them in. Two of the best free tools you can use are: Dupli Checker which allows you to copy and paste in 1000-word passages of text; and Plagiarism Checker which allows you to search two phrases of text at a time from different parts of your document. It only works with the Google Chrome browser. These tools do not require uploading files or any particular format – just copy and paste your text passages. Your professor may have turned on a plagiarism checker in Blackboard, so look for this when you are about to upload your paper.
The library offers links to a citation creator called Noodletools that creates both in-text citations and sources lists in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. It can be easier to use than MSWord’s built-in citation tool. Access Noodletools from the Library home page http://library.ivytech.edu/northeast You must create a free account with username and password, and then you can add sources directly from search results in the library databases! Even better, it offers a browser plug-in called “Archive This” that allows you to keep your sources organized for quick reference. It also has a smartphone app that will generate citations by scanning the ISBN on a book jacket with your phone camera!! It’s easiest if you set up your project first before using the App. When you create a sources list, choose your style (MLA, APA, Chicago) and ADVANCED which includes almost any source type: books, journals, websites, emails …
We wish everyone GOOD LUCK and remind you we are here to answer your questions!