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Tip Jar Post #13: Get That Bibliography Done Fast!

We all know the feeling. You’re exhausted, you’ve just written the final sentence of your paper and feelings of relief and accomplishment take over you. Then, you get the sinking feeling you’re forgetting something. You are: your bibliography!

But, don’t let your bibliography get you down, man. Put away that sixth energy drink for next week and instead use a citation manager that’ll help take the guesswork and stress out of creating a list of cited sources. We have more than a few to choose from depending on the type of research you’re conducting.  This means easily citing traditional resources such as books and journal articles, as well as websites, images, interviews, videos and more. Each of the citation tools offer the standard citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian); one or more even offer integration with Microsoft Word or other word processing software. And best of all, most of them are free.

Tips:

  • Choose the best citation manager for your project, using the grid that compares different citation tools. That way, you don’t get bogged down trying to learn a new tool if you don’t need to!
  • Make sure you know what citation style your professor wants before starting your bibliography. While many will let you change halfway through, who wants to spend extra time on formatting if you can be napping?

More resources:

NoodleBib citation software now includes Chicago/Turabian style

NoodleBib, the popular online citation software, can now help you create your citations and notes using Chicago Manual of Style (Turabian) in addition to MLA and APA. NoodleBib is a great tool for documenting the sources you use in your research papers.

The online software walks you through the process of properly formatting a citation for a Bibliography, Works Cited, or References list using the rules associated with the chosen citation format. NoodleBib also provides information about how to include a parenthetical reference or note for a source within the text of your paper.

To get started with NoodleBib, visit:

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/noodlebib

and click “NoodleBib for MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian.”

If you’re off-campus, you’ll be prompted for your EID and password to gain access to the Libraries paid subscription to the product.

Once in NoodleBib, create your account and then click “Create a new list” to begin adding citations.

If you have any questions, visit Ask a Librarian.