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In a blog post by High Point University English Instructor Allison Walker, she sums up FlowTM neatly: “It’s free to anyone with an .edu email address, and it allows me to collect, annotate, cite, and share scholarly and popular sources in a digital library with the click of a button. Flow has managed to permanently alter my research habits for the digital age.”
Ms. Walker’s post shows us that what we’ve been working so diligently to achieve -- ease of engagement and streamlined workflows -– are truly resonating with users.
She’s put Flow through its paces: “I can save the content of a popular media website or database journal article to my Flow Library, then annotate it digitally as I read. Flow automatically imports as much of the citation information as it can, and stores it all in the Flow cloud, saving me loads of hard drive space and research time. When I’m ready to export the sources into a document, I can choose whatever citation style I want, and Flow does the rest…
"I can even share my Flow Library via email or social media, and when I share it, I can choose to allow a read-only view, reviews, or edits… I can collaborate with colleagues or students through the shared library. All in all, I haven’t found much that Flow can’t do.”
She’s not the only one reporting on Flow’s contribution to research efficiency. James Madison University’s Carolyn Schubert and Amanda Hedrick have reviewed Flow for The Charleston Advisor’s July 2014 issue, noting, “Flow is a huge step forward in design and usability for those already familiar with RefWorks and who need a very robust citation management tool.”
We’re delighted with the high scores they’ve heaped on Flow:
-- 4/5 stars Composite score
-- 5/5 stars for Pricing (Flow has a free end-user version as well as an institutional subscription that provides benefits to libraries, such as rich usage analytics and premium storage and collaboration capabilities for users.)
-- 5/5 stars for Contract Option/Features (We’re straight shooters, no ugly contract surprises await our customers.)
We’re eager to hear what you think. Give Flow a spin by clicking here.