There are some great resources out there to help you with referencing. Some are free, and some are paid. Referencing is a huge part of writing a paper and it can be cumbersome at times. There are many different formats and each have their own set of rules. In this post, we are going to look at both paid and free software.
The top paid referencing software:
- Format Ease (http://www.formatease.com)
- Scholar Word (http://scholarword.com)
- RefWorks (http://www.refworks.com)
- APA Format Wizard (http://www.apaformatwizard.com)
- ProCite (http://www.procite.com)
- Referencing Point Software (http://www.referencepointsoftware.com)
Above is a list of paid software that offer referencing help. I personally have only used RefWorks and it worked great. It works very well with databases such as EBSCOhost and allows you to export your references to a text file, word file, HTML and other formats. However, a lot of people (and especially students) are on a shoe-string budget. Understandable. With that being said, here are my favorite free tools for referencing:
- Bibme (http://www.bibme.org)
- Microsoft Word Reference Tool
Bibme is a great tool and you can often just search the book you are looking for and it will automatically cite it for you. However, it does offer a feature to enter your reference in manually. One feature that Bibme is lacking is article referencing. It deals with books, magazines, newspapers, websites, journals, film, lecture, radio and others but it does not offer an input for journals. This would be a nice feature to have, even if it is only being able to manually enter in the data.
Microsoft does have its own tool in Office 2007 and 2010 that allows you to enter in references as well. Both tools are great. If you are already using MS Word, then it would make sense to use its built in reference tool. However, if you are using Google Docs or Open Office, you may want to use bibme.org. I personally use both as I find they compliment each other very well.
All of the websites listed and tools listed offer both MLA and APA. Some however do go a step further and offer Chicago, Turabian and others. Most commonly though you will probably be using APA and maybe MLA.