Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Breaking News: Citelighter Partners with Cengage - Redefining the way we Research


Explore your favorite topics for fun... yes - research is enjoyable!

When I did debate in high school, I really enjoyed digging deep into the topics I knew I'd be expected to understand.  I also did extemporaneous speaking.  Gathering knowledge about various topics was exciting to me.  As I reflect upon my current thoughts of research, I don't have the same passion for learning.  After much reflection, I think my natural zest for becoming excited about a thesis paper or article is overshadowed by my fear of improper formatting.  I've been successful with my work thus far; however, I personally can attest to feeling less than creative when I begin to dive into a piece and pause to cite, reference style requirements, and evaluate resources.  Though I value the importance of these elements, I am thankful there is a tool that allows me to interact with the material instead of working through the text.  Enjoy the > 2minute video below - it's entertaining and informative!




Citlighter Partners with Cengage Learning!
So, what - right?  What does this matter?

That is the question I always ask when presented with something that is supposed to be interesting or exciting.  I originally covered Citelighter in a post titled "Evernote for Education."  I was excited to share with readers how amazing this free tool was for education.  However, now, by partnering with Cengage, users will have access to premium content at an affordable rate for all.  Here is a bit of information I borrowed from the Cengage website: With annual revenues of approximately $2 billion, the company has 5,500 employees with operations in more than 20 countries around the world.  So, you could imagine with this kind of support what a start-up like Citelighter has in store for education!

Citelighter Pro Will Grant Students Access to one of the Largest
Credible Information Sharing Databases of Its Kind

  • This partnership will offer Pro users assess to products such as Questia.
  • Due to Cengage Learning's database, instantly access millions of credible sources.
  • Citelighter is smart - it will make recommendations for you based on what you're searching.
  • The innovative Knowledge Card system aggregates facts & presents the most relevant ones directly to you... cool, right?!?

Personally, I think it's amazing that the six people at Citelighter have been plugging away at a dream they had for over a year... with no salary.  The group of dedicated individuals are now seeing their hard work pay off!  It's refreshing to see such a large company like Cengage bet on a start-up like Citelighter.   

{click here to sign up for Citelighter - it's free & quick!} 


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