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2021 Referencing Tool Update and Release

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Referencing Tool Update and Launch

Aaron has been working with the School of Health Sciences’ Gill Langmack to update and release the Referencing Tool (first developed in 2006). The Referencing Tool is a web-based, simple to use, resource which guides students through the construction of citations and references to aid their academic writing. The aim of this 2021 update is to update references used with the resource using more recent sources and additionally improve the small screen experience of the resource.

The referencing tool has been utilised in conjunction with a series of Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) within many of the programmes offered by the School of Health Sciences. Several of theses RLOs were Flash based and have been redeveloped using HTML5, however the RLO which focused on Harvard referencing has not been redeveloped. After browser support for Flash terminated at the close of 2020, this important resource has been unavailable.

Work began in late March 2021 and continued through many reviews and revisions until the resource was made available on the HELM Open repository on 10th May 2021 in place of the now unusable Flash RLO.

Aaron felt strongly that enabling an excellent mobile experience would aid students in the scenario where they might access the Referencing Tool on their mobile device whilst writing on their laptop. The use of Bootstrap 4 would help enhance the small screen experience and additionally increase Aaron’s experience of using this version of the framework.

Referencing Tool Screens

Referencing Tool landing page

Referencing Tool landing page

Citations - Single author and view of availble reference types

Citations - single author

Referecning tool additional resources

Additional resources

Aaron felt strongly that enabling an excellent mobile experience would aid students in the scenario where they might access the Referencing Tool on their mobile device whilst writing on their laptop. The use of Bootstrap 4 would help enhance the small screen experience and additionally increase Aaron’s experience of using this version of the framework.

Very early usage data shows an increase in the use of the resource on mobile devices and this resource usage will continue to be monitored to inform future development of the resource.

Technologies

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • SCSS
  • PHP
  • Bootstrap 4



The article was viewable from Tuesday, 25th May 2021.

Author: Aaron Fecowycz