Monday, October 12, 2020

Bibcitation - Easily Create Citations in a Wide Variety of Styles

Last week I shared a tutorial on how to use the new citation generator that is built into Google Docs. One of the complaints I've already heard about it is that it only supports a few citation styles. If that's your complaint about it, you might want to try Bibcitation instead. 

Bibcitation is a free tool that I learned about from Larry Ferlazzo. Bibcitation supports dozens of citation styles. To use Bibcitation select the type of resource that you're citing and then enter the requested information. In many cases, just entering the title of a book or a webpage URL will fill-in all of the other required information for you. 

After you have entered into Bibcitation all of the resources that you need to cite, a list of the citations will be generated for you. You can then download all of the citations in your preferred style as a document, as HTML, or as BibTex. 

Applications for Education
Bibcitation could be a great resource for students who need to create citations and bibliographies to include in their research papers or presentations. One thing that some students will need help doing is taking the text from the RTF document that Bibcitation provides and then reformating it to look correct in Word, Google Docs, or another word processing program.