Reference tools for the 21st century

Guest blogger Ria Coffey shares a few ideas taken from Dr. Joyce Valenza, guest speaker at the recent SLAV conference.

Staff members have been using these tools in Teaching and Learning at St. Patrick’s College in Ballarat:


This easy and fast bibliography maker has blown our students away.  “Where has it been all this time?” has been heard on numerous occasions since student were introduced to this awesome online tool


The beauty of Mashpedia is in the way it organises search results and in the currency of the results.  It provides for greater efficiency when searching for resources.

Flickr Creative Commons

This site offers images with attribution details meaning we can easily see how to appropriately use and reference images.

Thesis builder

This is an online essay builder that assists students in developing a contention and arguments for writing a essay.

You can watch footage of Joyce’s presentation on YouTube.

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