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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.
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:
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! It may be slow in the bibliography world right now, but we’re still working. The MLA guidelines were recently updated in the MLA Handbook, 7th edition and we’ve been hard at work to update BibMe to comply with these guidelines. Additionally, we’ve spent a lot of time on revising our Citation Guide to do a better job at explaining the guidelines for each source type and for each formatting style. We’re expecting to have these updates completed by the end of the summer. Stay tuned for some previews.
The entire BibMe team would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe, healthy, and enjoyable holiday season! Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, a great Kwanza, and a Happy New Year.
I know we’ve been promising everyone an update – believe us, it’s almost done! It will absolutely be available in time for spring semester starting after the holidays. But for now, enjoy your winter break!
I hope everyone got a chance to vote last night. Even if the candidate you voted for did not turn out to be the President-elect, please be aware that you took part in a democratic process that makes the United States as special as it is, and that you were a part of something important.
If you’re wondering where our next release is – you should be happy to know we are putting the finishing touches on it. Only a few bugs need to get sorted out and then we will be ready to update the site. We’re looking at about a week before we can resolve everything, but barring any catastrophes, you guys should be happier bibliographers very soon.
Here’s a taste of things you will see with our next release:
- Tooltip help
- An additional source type
- Citation tagging
- Formatting style updates
Hey, beloved bibliographers!
We just wanted to let you know we’re still alive and hard at work. Hopefully, you didn’t think we had disappeared or closed up shop. It’s been difficult for the team to develop at the same pace that we were, considering most of us have graduated and are now working full-time. But we have some features in the pipeline coming up that we think you will enjoy. Some of these things have been works-in-progress for a while and are contingent on some other items being completed. But keep a look out for a release in the coming weeks.
We’ll be pushing some changes out tonight. We don’t expect any issues, but the site will be down for approximately 20 minutes from 3:15AM EST to 3:45AM EST.
UPDATE: We have successfully completed the deployment.
We created this blog so that many of you could get an on-the-ground view of how development of BibMe is going. Over the summer, we listened to your feedback and kept track of all the bugs/feature requests that were reported. Last month, we got the go ahead from our Information Systems(IS) Professors/Advisors to continue developing BibMe for Fall 2007.
We were astounded by the number of users that began using BibMe, and by the sheer amount of feedback we received from the community; 117 requests to be exact!
Many of you mentioned that you would like the ability to edit bibliographies. This is a feature we’ve been meaning to add since day 1, so look for that to be implemented in the next few weeks. Also, look for Harvard Citation support to be implemented within a month. Alot of you have been asking for the ability to share and tag your bibliographies. In the next month, we’ll be working on the User Interface(UI) and putting in the functionality for that.
Even more of you have been asking for database support, and to expand our selection of books, magazines, films, academic journals, and our “other sources”. Rest assured we are working towards these things in the next 3 months. Some of you have wondered why we haven’t considered a lot of proprietary databases; JSTOR, IMDB, etc. We’d love to support many of these items, but they would incur ridonculous licensing fees that we are unable to absorb in our current state.
As always, we depend on you to let us know if you run into any bugs, or if you think a certain feature would be a great addition to BibMe. Please feel free to contact us.