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Update: Add Parenthetical Citations!

We have a new update to share with you all today. All of our users can now add parenthetical citations to their bibliographies. You can find the parenthetical citation link in your bibliography.

First, you start off at creating your citation using the correct source. When you add the citation to the bibliography, you will see it load in your bibliography section. The parenthetical citation link is located next to the “Copy & Paste” link. If this is your first experience with seeing this section, you can also edit the citation, copy and paste it into your processor of choice or delete the citation.

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When you click on the “Parenthetical” link, your screen will load with options on what information you want to add to the parenthetical citation. After adding the Contributor, Title and Pages, click “Copy to Clipboard” and add the parenthetical citation into your document.

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What do you think of the latest parenthetical citation update? Let us know by leaving a comment in the comment section below!

“Search for Full-Text” is Now Available

We have a cool feature available for users that are looking to cite a journal. If you want to see the full-text of the source that you’re citing, all you have to do is click “Search for full-text”! You can fan the button under the source description.

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*Note: If you attempt to get the full-text preview from your home IP address, you will be unable to see the the full text. You must have access to the library database that hosts the full-text version.

Updates are live!

Creating citations on BibMe just got easier. We’re excited to announce three new updates that will change your experience.

1) Search websites by keyword.

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2) Copy and paste your citation into the Word processor of your choice in just a few clicks. Now when you need to add your citation to your bibliography, all you have to do is press “Copy and Paste” or “Download to Word”!

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3) Do you need to edit a citation but you don’t want to start from scratch? No worries, you can now continue to edit your citation through the new “Edit this Citation” button. The “Edit this Citation” button is a blue pencil and can be found when you hover over the citation.

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What do you think of the new features?

Stay tuned for new BibMe updates!

Next week we’ll be making three new features live to BibMe!

1) You’ll have the ability search websites by keyword.

2) There will be a copy and paste option after each completed citation. So now when you need to add your citation to your bibliography, all you have to do is press “Copy and Paste” or “Download to Word”!

3) Once your citation is generated, you can continue to edit it through the new “Edit this Citation” button. The “Edit this Citation” button is a blue pencil and can be found when you hover over the citation.

New design

After much work, we are happy to introduce a new design to Bibme, aimed to give you a smooth experience using our service. We hope you enjoy!

APA admits errors in their new manual – BibMe unaffected

The America Psychological Association has just admitted that the newly published 6th edition of their APA Publication Manual contained a large number of errors, including inaccurate citation examples (for more information, including how to acquire a corrected copy, please visit http://apastyle.apa.org/manual/corrections-faqs.aspx). It’s important that you know this if you are using the new manual to cite your references.

I’d like to stress that BibMe is technically not affected by these errors, as we have not yet implemented or begun to implement the rules/guidelines for APA 6. We are still following APA 5, but we will begin the process of updating to APA 6 once we have our copy of the style manual replaced. Updates on our progress will be posted periodically here on our blog.

BibMe’s Great Textbook Giveaway

We on the BibMe team are very appreciative of the support our users have given us. Many of you have made donations, spread the word about BibMe, and recommended it to your educational peers. We’re hoping you continue to do so, but in case you needed a little convincing, we’re giving you a little more incentive.

Today, we’re proud to announce “BibMe’s Great Textbook Giveaway”! We’re giving someone the chance to win $500 worth of textbooks for the spring semester of 2010. And here’s how…

We’re holding a contest to see who can market BibMe in the most creative, effective way. Come up with a novel idea on how to spread the word about BibMe, and then make that idea happen. We’re leaving the rest up to you. Go all out – hire a skywriter! Rig up a bat signal with the BibMe logo! Feel free to go viral, or make use of any number of social networking/media websites, too, if you’d like. If you have a lot of Facebook friends or Twitter followers, using them as your target audience may be a smart place to start. You may be able to target people better near your school, particularly around finals week near the end of fall semester. But you are in no way limited to stay on campus – go wherever your idea takes you!

Please email your submission to textbooks@bibme.org. Include your name, school, a description of your idea and why you think it was effective,  along with pictures and/or video to show it in action. We will share submissions on our blog as we get them.

Submissions must be made by Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 11:59 PM ET. The four members of the BibMe team will judge all entries on originality, creativity, and effectiveness. A winner will be announced on Sunday, January 3, 2010 and will be contacted with details on how to claim their $500 credit towards their textbooks for the semester.

By making a submission for the contest, you:

  1. Give BibMe permission to publish your submission on our website, including but not limited to your name, a description of your idea, and any submitted photos/videos.
  2. Agree that you accept all responsibility for any marketing efforts you make and that you do not hold BibMe responsible in any way.
  3. Agree to make any marketing efforts tasteful and appropriate, and that any marketing efforts will not diminish BibMe’s brand or reputation.

Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you guys can come up with!

UPDATE: Unfortunately, we didn’t receive any submissions, so no books will be given out this semester. We’d still like to give books away to our users – keep following our blog to find out when we do this next.

UPDATE: Journal search functioning again – but then again, nevermind.

Currently, the journal auto-fill search is not working – we want to thank those users who made us aware of this technical problem. We’ve looked into why this may be happening and it appears that citeulike, the service that we use for journal searches, has blocked us. We will try to resolve this problem as quickly as possible and give you an update when we have one. In the meantime, you can still use the form fields to enter everything in manually.

UPDATE:  The search functionality for Journal articles has been restored! Searches may be a little sluggish, but at least you should be able to continue using them.

UPDATE 2: Looks like we’ve been blocked again. No timetable for restoring the journal search functionality, but we’re looking into the possibility of using a different service.

MLA 7 is finally here! Notes on our new release

We’re proud to announce that we’ve finally updated BibMe with the MLA 7th edition guidelines. It’s taken us a greater part of 6 months and we’ve added a lot of new stuff in the process. So what exactly did we update? Here’s what’s new:

  • MLA 7 guidelines  – you may notice  lots of changes to your citations for MLA. First, titles are no longer underlined and instead are italicized. Secondly, citations now display the medium in which they originated (e.g. Print, Web).  If you omit certain pieces of information, like publisher or pages, an abbreviation will be inserted in their place (n.p., n. pag.). Although the new MLA guidelines no longer require URLs in your citations, we have not removed them from your website citations, as we understand their importance to a lot of our users. There lots of other changes, but they are too long to list here. Which leads me to our next big change…
  • Revamped Citation Guide page – you can now review specific guidelines and citing situations for each source type for each formatting style. And we give you lots of example citations to guide you. Additionally, we’ve included Turabian formatting guidelines into the Citation Guide for the first time!  This new design is much more user friendly and conducive to learning in the classroom.
  • New form fields and citing possibilities – we’ve added a bunch of new fields to each source type to expand our citing capabilities…
    • Book – you can select whether you are citing an entire book or just a chapter, and you can now enter a specific edition of the book.
    • Magazine – you can now cite magazines that you found from a database.
    • Newspaper – you can enter the location of the newspaper (city/state/country), indicate if the newspaper is nationally well-known, and cite newspaper that you found from a database.
    • Website – you can now enter a sponsor/publisher and a version number.
    • Film – you can select whether you are citing an entire film or just a chapter/commentary, and you can now indicate whether the film is a re-release.
    • Interview – you can now cite interviews from books, magazines, and magazines.
    • Lecture – you can choose what type of lecture you are citing.
    • Radio/TV – you can choose whether you are citing an episode, a series, or an individual broadcast, as well as if you are citing a transcript of the program.
    • Encyclopedia – you can now choose whether you are citing an encyclopedia or a dictionary, as well as if you are citing a specific article or the entire reference book. You can also indicate whether the encyclopedia is well-known and if entries are alphabetically arranged.
    • Photograph – you can now choose a file type for a self-taken digital photograph, and you can also cite photographs from books, magazines, and newspapers.
  • Print-friendly pages – we have gotten a lot of requests to make our pages printable and in response, we’ve formatted our pages, particularly our Bibliography Maker and Citation Guide pages, to be print out well for users.
  • Internet Explorer compatibility – we identified some visual bugs that we’re occurring in Internet Explorer and we’ve fixed a lot of those.
  • Various bug fixes – many bugs that you emailed us about have been fixed. Website citations can now be edited properly. ISBN book searches now accept hyphens and still return the proper search results.
  • New help topics – we’ve gotten a lot of emails and questions about certain topics and in response, we’ve added new questions to our Help & FAQs page.

Preview of upcoming release – MLA 7th edition updates and revamped Citation Guide

We’ve had a lot of people clamoring for the updated MLA 7th edition guidelines – and we’re glad to report we’re about 1 week away from completing our work on the updates. Along with updating the MLA guidelines for each of the source types we support, we’re adding additional form fields to allow for more citing possibilities (like chapters for books, and cities within newspaper names).

Perhaps one of the biggest changes that is coming up in our next release is our revamped Citation Guide page. It will give in-depth explanations of lots of citation possibilities, along with plenty of example citations to show you how it’s done. Take a look at what to expect:

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