New! Store quotes directly against each reference

You asked for it and we’ve just provided..! You can now save the quote or text that you’re referencing alongside all the other details for each reference. This doesn’t affect your bibliography but is great to use if you need reminding of the exact passage of text that each reference refers to.

Here’s an example:

To add this extra snippet just look out for the new button at the bottom of each Add Citation form. The textbox will appear after clicking it. Here’s what it looks like:

You can retroactively add a quote to a reference you’ve already created too just by clicking the little pencil icon as you normally would to edit it.

We’d love your feedback on this new feature - if you have an opinion on it please send us an email or tweet!

Oh look, some new things

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Hi everyone! I hope your dissertations and other end-of-year work are coming along nicely. There isn’t long to go now until summer (which really needs to hurry up..!), so hang in there.

We made some small changes to the site recently and here’s a short summary:

  • 5 new source types - dictionary entries, encyclopedia articles, music or recordings, presentations, and computer software can now all be cited from.
  • A whole bunch of new referencing styles - including AMA, IEEE, MHRA, OSCOLA, Turabian, and a load of Harvard substyles, amongst others.

To elaborate on the last part of that second point: for ages now we’ve been receiving emails and tweets to say that our Harvard style is wrong, or is slightly different to the Harvard guide given to you by your universities. This is because some universities have their own unique way to do Harvard referencing. If your university is one of these then fear not because you can now select their version of Harvard from the citation style dropdown menu on the toolbar, and your references will be formatted correctly according to that version of Harvard. For everyone else: stick to the standard version of Harvard and you should be fine (apart from the Aussies - you guys should probably switch to the Australian version of Harvard which is also in the dropdown menu).

That’s all for now. Crack on!

Give the new Cite This For Me design a try

At CTFM headquarters we’ve been working on some non-citation related stuff over the past couple of months, one of which was a design template for a Microsoft Word-looking website. Then we thought - hey, why not stick this over Cite This For Me and see how it goes down.

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So here it is (click here to give it a go). (Update 29th Dec 2013 - Testing has now finished and the design has been placed over the live site).

Everything is pretty much the same, just in a slightly different place. We hope that it is more intuitive to use and easier to read.

Account holders can log in as normal to load all their references over from the main site (and vice versa - any references you add here will also transfer across to the main site automatically).

We’d love your feedback. You can email us at support@citethisforme.com or tweet us @citethisforme. If things are positive we’ll be looking to make it permanent sometime around Christmas. If not then no worries - we’ll stick to the current design.

Cheers guys!

Download the new Microsoft Word add-on now!

Happy friday all! Today we’re releasing our new Microsoft Word add-on to the world. It’s been in slow development over the summer, and in closed testing over the last few weeks, but we finally think it’s ready to open up to everyone else.

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The add-on is exclusively for upgraded users (what, you haven’t upgraded? Get over here and see some of the other extras you get when you upgrade!), and it works by syncing with all the references you add on the website. Then, you can add in-text citations and finished bibliographies to your work with just a click or two. It’s super easy, and super awesome!

Download the Microsoft Word add-on here.

Website autocite has been improved

We noticed that a lot of the time autocite for websites is being used to cite online journal articles. While not technically incorrect, this skips a lot of details that should normally be included, like the volume and issue numbers. So we’ve made some changes. Website autocite now checks for this, and gives you a friendly notice if you’re trying to cite an online journal as a website. All the additional information is retrieved as well, so you don’t need to do any extra work.

On top of this, some further improvements have been made so that news sites are also handled better, as well as several popular info sources like Wikipedia (which you should only be using if your tutor allows you. But hey - if you’re gonna do it you may as well do it properly!).

As a small aside, by request we have also updated our referencing guides to include the Harvard style. It’s colour coordinated to make it easier to see how it all fits together, moreso than some of the other guides out there. You can check it out here: Harvard Referencing Guide.

Journal autocite has arrived

We’ve been working on a couple of new things over the (British) summer, and with the academic year about to restart in the northern hemisphere and things in full flow in the southern (how about that cricket then eh Aussies!), it’s about time we started rolling them out.

First up: autocite for journals! Joining the existing autocite for books and websites, autocite for journals makes referencing journals even easier.

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We’ve been compiling a massive database of journal details over the past few months, and we’re confident we’ve got one of the biggest catalogues to search from. Just enter part of the title and it’ll find all the rest, including the publication, authors, and the tricky number and volume parts.

That’s all for the moment, but we’ll make another update soon on some of the other things in the pipeline. Happy referencing!

¡Hola los hispano hablantes! Hello Spanish speakers!

Did you know that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world? (Chinese mandarin is the first, and English is down in third!). Anyway, we noticed that you Spanish speakers don’t have a decent reference management tool at all, so over the last week we’ve been translating Cite This For Me into Spanish.

The direct link is es.citethisforme.com, or you can click the little Spanish flag in the bottom left corner of the tool.

Enjoy!

Need help with your in-text citations as well?

Citing in-text is definitely a lot easier than citing for the bibliography, but if you’re totally new to referencing your sources it can still be a bit confusing. So to make things even simpler we’ve decided to do this bit for you as well.

From today onwards you should notice in the bibliography bar to the right that there are now two different citation types - one for the bibliography as usual, and one for the in-text citation. You can copy this as-is over to your work next to the quote of the source you’ve used, like this:

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results", (Einstein, 1935).

However, you need to be aware that the way we have presented is not the only way you can cite in-text. You can also pull the author out of the parenthesis (the brackets) and do the following:

Einstein (1935) has described the state of ‘insanity’ as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

Ideally you should use a mixture of the two in a well written paper.

Enjoy!

Introducing the NEW (working) book autocite

The book autocite feature has been under heavy usage recently and as a result has been unavailable more often than not. We’ve been working on a solution for this over the last few weeks and I can now say we finally have one!

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Thanks to the good folks at WorldCat we’ve been able to increase our usage of their book service to handle the extra traffic we’ve seen recently. Not only that, but you can now click through to the WorldCat site to find out more information about the books you’re searching for. It’s pretty sweet. Just look out for the little info icon to the left of each search result.

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Tl;dr - The book autocite should now work properly again! Yay!

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25th Apr 2013 update: books can now also be edited after being added, woop.

PRO users: see how much time you’ve saved since you started using us!

We rolled out a small update for Cite This For Me: Pro users on friday - the ability to see how many references you’ve generated since you started using the service, alongside the time we estimate we’ve saved you from not having to write your references out manually (not to mention the hassle!)

To view yours, just click the new ‘Your Account’ button in the left-side menu after you’ve logged in.