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Citation Generators - Part II

Today, Guest Blogger Jane Kessler describes some of the tools available on the web for formatting citations.

Zotero is a new open source product developed at George Mason University. It works in the Firefox browser and allows users to collect, manage and cite sources (in APA, MLA, or Chicago style.) It can be downloaded for free at http://www.zotero.org. Some of the special features of Zotero include the ability to add links, images, pdf files, tags, and whole web pages to the information about a source. It also automatically captures citation information from periodical databases, library catalogs, and Web pages, so users don’t have to type in the information. International students should note that the interface is available in multiple languages and that records and notes in any language can be saved. One word of caution – it’s still Beta and all the bugs may not be worked out.

NoodleBib is part of NoodleTools, an award winning suite of interactive research tools (http://www.noodletools.com/) developed by teacher-librarian Debbie Abilock. NoodleBib formats and automatically alphabetizes bibliographies, based on the rules of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th edition, or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition. A three month subscription is $4, a six month subscription is $6 and 1 year is $8.
NoodleBib provides templates for over 50 types of sources including books, journal, newspaper and magazine articles, reference books, video and audio recordings, web sites, e-mail communications, online postings to discussion groups, research reports, proceedings, and theses and dissertations. The user selects the output style (APA or MLA), the source type and format (print or online), and then fills in the required information in the template. Helpful, detailed instructions are listed to the right of each field. For example, in APA style, the user is instructed to capitalize only the first letter of the first word in the article title and in the subtitle (if any), as well as the first letter of any proper nouns. After inputting the information, the citation is generated and the list is started. Each new citation is added to the list in the proper alphabetical order. Users can edit citations at any time.
Users can create any number of citations and any number of bibliographies. The list can be saved in rtf format and opened in word processing programs such as Word. Users can also see a sample in-text reference for each citation.

Check back Next Week for writeups of 3 more citation generators!