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Creating an Automated Bibliography

Writing with ComWriter makes it easy to add a bibliography by using Add Smart List. Watch this short video.

Creating a bibliography with ComWriter

Smart list markers

Smart list markers

 

 

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Attach PDF files to your resources

You can now attach multiple PDFs to your resources in ComWriter to keep all your research in the one place.

Attach PDF files to resources

Attach PDF files to resources

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October 27, 2013 · 4:58 AM

Get Writing with ComWriter

ComWriter is a new cloud-based innovative writing tool for academics and students: write without thinking about formatting, store resources, insert references, and export your work to academic standards in a flash. The beta is now available at www.comwriter.com. So, log on and get writing!

 

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Academic essay writing made easy with ComWriter.

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Introducing Smart Lists

A smart list is an automatically generated listing. Examples include: a table of contents, a list of images (figures, tables, etc.), a reference list (cited resources, non-cited resources or bibliography), or an endnote listing (instead of footnotes). In the writing editor simply Add Smart list and you never have to worry about updating it (ComWriter does it for you). When you export your writing project to a PDF, ComWriter creates the listing Automatically in the location where you placed the smart list, and will format it according to the Style you selected…now that is SMART!

Smart list markers

Smart list markers

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Introducing our cute in-text Editor

Introducing our cute little in-text Editor. When you highlight a word or character he magically appears to help you out with bold, italics, underline, subscript and superscript. When your done he disappears. Magic!

ComWriter's cute in-text editor

ComWriter’s cute in-text editor

This is all the editing you need to do when you use ComWriter….

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ComWriter functionality leaves old ‘word processors’ behind

ComWriter is the only writing platform to provide the breadth of functionality actually needed to write to academic standards (see diagram).

ComWriter functionality outstrips the competitors

ComWriter functionality outstrips the competitors

While Microsoft suggests they support the education market, all they do is provide discounted licenses to an old product. Even their new cloud-based subscriptions (MS365) are a cutdown (and clumsy) version of their tired product. Microsoft’s real target is large corporates.

Likewise Google also suggests it supports the education market. But, realistically Google Docs is not different to MS Word, except that it is a stripped down version that is cloud-based and free. Google’s primary target is small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and individuals they can advertise to.

Neither of these suppliers/products actually delivers the functionality required by students and academics to meet academic standards. All the word processors that we have investigated, all seem to work much the same as MS Word. So there has been no real innovation in writing products since the inception of referencing software about 10 years ago!

We think it’s time to change that scenario. And, our mapping of ComWriter’s functionality against these two giant word processors, suggest we have hit the mark.

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Academic writing

Academic writing is good writing practice, but it is often misunderstood. The process is not sequential, but organic, and generally involves:

  • searching for relevant literature; today via library databases
  • designing research projects, especially, identifying the methodological approach; e.g., observation, capturing data, interviewing, examining specimens
  • conducting research activities
  • collaborating with peers (students, academics, industry peers) and supervisors
  • examining research findings
  • organising literature, methodology, and research findings to present a discussion of the research (in a thesis or paper)
  • as a student: submitting work for examination
  • as a research student: publishing work at conferences or in the press (e.g., journal articles), and submitting the thesis for examination
  • as an academic: publishing work at conferences or in the press (e.g., journal articles)

Academic writing is difficult, and made more so because of the disparate, fragmented tools and old technology supporting the writing pipeline. The technology that supports the academic writing process is disparate, fragmented, and is, generally speaking, left to the independent researcher to organize. Thus, a significant amount of a researchers time is spent organising data and findings rather than actually researching and presenting their findings.ComWriter is the only writing platform designed for academic work. It will send the archaic concept of ‘word processor‘ straight to the trash where it belongs. ComWriter includes: an on-line library, fully-featured referencing capabilities, a personal resources database, modern writing tools, collaboration in the cloudtask management, smart lists and pre-defined style guides. Writing to academic standards has never been so efficient and easy. Students, academics and business people will finally be able to work smarter with ComWriter. We have more than 25 Universities on three continents already signed up for beta testing.

Website: www.comwriter.com

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