Chrome: When I was in university, my least favourite part of writing research papers was figuring out how to write the bibliography. Citing sources is tedious and can get confusing if you have to work in a handful of different styles. This week I came across a Chrome extension that I wish I had in university that handles the heavy lifting for you, at least for websites.
Called Cite This For Me, it automatically creates website citations in APA, MLA, Chicago or Harvard style with a quick click on its icon on your browser’s toolbar.
When you click on the toolbar while you’re looking at that fabulous article you’re going to reference in your paper, you can tap the icon and a window will pop up where you can toggle between the different styles. From there you can copy and paste the style of your choosing into what is likely a magnificent research paper you’re working on.
It isn’t perfect. I tried it on a few Lifehacker articles and it wasn’t able to pull the title of the article for some reason, but was fine with everything else. That’s to say, your mileage may vary and you should still give the info you’re copy and pasting a once over before turning it in to your tutor.
It also won’t do you any good for things such as books and videos, so you’re still going to have to figure those out on your own. But if you’re citing a ton of stuff on the web then it can make putting together that bibliography move a bit faster.