Mendeley offers a few tools that can improve the research experience.
The basic reason why I want to use this technology, is to cite references in text and to create bibliographies using the correct style. These steps can be followed for this purpose. Since the process differs in the case of MAc and Windows operated systems, I will provide steps for both these operating systems.
You have to check if your references were imported since it do happen sometimes that it was not imported. It is frustrating to discover it when you want to cite a reference, so please check always if it was imported indeed by following these steps:
You can add references manually as well. In order to do that, follow these steps.
References are sometimes incomplete, but Mendeley affords you to complete the missing fields manually. Follow these steps to check and complete references.
When you open a gmail email account, you get access to much more than a personal email address. You also get access to a range of products easily accessible when you click on the wafer after you have signed into your account (see next to sign in in the following image).
If you do not have a gmail account, create one by following these steps:
- Go to gmail.com and click on the blue link (create and account) to create an account.
- Complete the form
- Your email address was created
- To get access to this email address, go to gmail.com in your browser.
Why would you consider a personal gmail address?
Google Drive provide an excellent cloud-based space where documents can be shared. Since some of us might be unfamiliar with this collaborative space, therefore I will provide guidelines for using Google Drive here.
- Log into your gmail account (If you do not have a gmail account, create one.
- Click on the wafer in the top menu
- Click on Drive
- Click on New and
- Click on Folder
- Provide a title in the pop-up window
- Click on Create to create the folder
- The folder will be highlighted
- Right click on the folder to open the options menu
- Click on Share
- Type the email address of the person/s in the provided space
- Click on the arrow next to Can edit and give permission (Can edit, Can view or Can comment)
- Type a message (optional)
- Click on send to send the invitation
- If the person do not have a gmail address, they will be prompted to create when in order to allow them to view the folder
- Double click on the folder to open it
- Drag-and-drop a file from your computer in the provided space
- Click on Open to open the document
- If the file is in Word format, it will be converted into a Google doc when you double click on it to open it
- You can work collaboratively in real time with Google Docs, ensuring that you are always working with the right version
- Not familiar with Google Docs? I will create guidelines if you are not familiar with Google Docs
Blogs in general was discussed in a previous post, therefore the use of blogging in economics education will be discussed here.
Using blogs in economic education
The sum of all blogs is known as a blogosphere, or in economics the econoblogosphere (Haab, Schiff, and Whitehead et al 2012:167). Blog posts can occur instantaneously with other current events (Haab et al 2012:167). A blogger can comment on a newspaper article within minutes after the newspaper’s publication (Haab et al 2012:167). Through blogging economic teachers, professors and students have easy access to the unfiltered opinions of some of the top thinkers in economics (DeLong 2006).