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Bibliography Makers

Introduction

Bibliography makers are a great resource for students of any age or level of education. These tools allow you to make your bibliography by simply imputing the information about your sources. They make the process of formatting your citations much easier, because you no longer have to worry about what order the information is in or what the correct punctuation is. While there are many of these resources available online, we chose to test only three. We selected these three in particular, because they are free and appeared to be the easiest to use.

Our process for testing the bibliography makers was to create citations for four different sources, a book, a newspaper article, a magazine article, and an online article on all three websites. While using these websites, we considered how easy they were to use, how long it took to create the citation, whether they had autocite options, how easy exporting the bibliography was, and finally how many categories there were for types of sources.

Tool 1

Citation Machine

Ease of use

This tool was fairly easy to use. We found that the formatting of some components such as the date and page numbers to be unusual and confusing at first. Another problem was that Citation Machine did not allow the user to input a city name for a citation of a newspaper.

Time Consumption

Citation Machine took about the same amount of time to format our bibliography as most other tools we experimented with.

Autocite Option

Citation Machine had the autocite option for books only with an ISBN lookup option.

Ease of Exporting

At the end of the process, Citation Machine gave you the citation on the webpage and provided detailed instructions on how to get the individual citation into a Word document and reminded the user to space and format the citation correctly on the page. However, it does not remind the user to alphabetize the list once you get it all into one document. This is a very common mistake on bibliographies. So we felt that they should include that in the instructions for exporting the citation.

Number of categories

Citation Machine had twenty-six options of types of sources. However, at first it appeared to have only ten. The user needed to click the small "more" tab under the "MLA" tab to reveal the rest of the types. While some might like that most options are hidden at first, we found it somewhat deceiving.

Final Product

  • Bird, John. Mark Twain and metaphor. Columbia: Univ of Missouri Pr, 2007. Print.
  • Bounds, Amy. "Boulder Honors a Baldwin." Colorado Daily 15 Feb 2010: 5. Print.
  • Hulse, Carl. "Baucus, Grassley Propose New Jobs Bill ." NYTimes.com. 11 Feb 2010. Web. 15 Feb 2010. <http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/baucus-grassley-propose-new-jobs-bill/?hp>.
  • Mannix, Chris. "Wise Old Kidd." Sports Illustrated 01 Feb. 2010: 24-25. Print. : definition

Tool 2

Easy Bib

Ease of use

Time Consumption

Autocite Option

Ease of Exporting

Number of categories

Remembers your past entries and makes one bibliography. For the magazine it gave two different citations, so it was confusing which one to use.

Final Product

  • Bird, John. Mark Twain and Metaphor (Mark Twain and His Circle Series). Columbia: University of Missouri, 2007. Print.
  • Bounds, Amy. "Boulder Honors a Baldwin." Colorado Daily [Boulder] 15 Feb. 2010: 5. Print.
  • Hulse, Carl. "Baucus, Grassley Propose New Jobs Bill - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com." Politics and Government - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com. Web. 15 Feb. 2010. <http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/baucus-grassley-propose-new-jobs-bill/?hp>.
  • Mannix, Chris. "Wise Old Kidd." Sports Illustrated 01 Feb. 2010: 24-25. Print.

Tool 3

Knight Cite

Ease of use

Time Consumption & Autocite Options

We found that Knight Cite took the same amount of time for sources like magazines, but took longer for others, because there were no autocite options.

Ease of Exporting

Number of categories

There are a fair number of categories on Knight Cite. It is helpful that they are organized into more broad categories.

  • Time Consumption: Below Average
  • Ease of use: Average
  • Number of categories: High
  • Ease of using web sources
  • Ease of exporting: Poor
  • Autocite option: No

Web Article
It's average, it takes the normal amount of time, I didn't get how I was suppose to lis tthe pages number like a paper with a letter and then a number, because the pages were listed 1, 2, 3…etc. It has a lot of categories, but it's hard to distinguish which one to use for just a simple web article off of a large newspapers website.

Final Product

  • Bird, John. Mark Twain and the metaphor. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2007. Print.
  • Bounds, Amy. "Boulder Honors a Baldwin." Colorado Daily 15 Feb. 2010 [Boulder] : 5. Print.
  • Hulse, Carl. "Baucus, Grassley Propose New Jobs Bill." New York Times 11 Feb. 2010. Web. 15 Feb. 2010. <http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/baucus-grassley-propose-new-jobs-bill/?hp>.
  • Mannix, Chris. "Wise Old Kidd." Sports Illustrated 1 Feb. 2010: 24-25. Print.

Sources

Website

Baucus, Grassley Propose New Jobs Bill
Author: CARL HULSE

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/baucus-grassley-propose-new-jobs-bill/?hp

Book

Title: Mark Twain and Metaphor
Author: John Bird
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780826217622 (alk. paper)
0826217621 (alk. paper)

Magazine

Title of Magazine: Sports Illustrated
Number of Authors: 1
Author of Article: Chris Mannix
Title of Article: Wise Old Kidd
Date Published: February 1st, 2010
Are Pages COntinuous: Yes
Pages: 24-25

Newspaper Article

Title of Newspaper: Colorado Daily
Title of Article: Boulder Honors a Baldwin
Author: Amy Bounds
Date: February 15, 2010
Page: 5

(1) What kind of tool or resource are you thinking of focusing on?
(2) How is this tool useful to college students?
(3) How will you limit your selection of tools? Some aspects you might use to limit your selection include cost, platform (Mac or Windows), availability (web-based vs. downloadable), and so on.
(4) What criteria might you focus on as you test the tool? Criteria might include ease of use, flexibility, potential uses, and so on.

  • Ease of use
  • Number of categories
  • Ease of using web sources
  • Ease of exporting
  • Time consumption
  • Autocite option

(5) What process might you use to test the tool? In other words, what will you plan to do in order to see how the tool works and how it measures up against your testing criteria?

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