This Tech Tip is about a free, powerful, and easy-to-use tool to help students perfectly and painlessly cite sources. If academia had a scarlet letter, it would be P. Those who dare to claim somebody else’s work as their own or even leave sources uncited would be branded with a gasp-inducing red P. In you haven’t guessed it already, I’m talking about plagiarism. All kidding aside, people have lost jobs, students have been expelled, and publications have lost credibility because of plagiarism.
In my day, we had to pore over citation manuals or just memorize how to cite common sources in the most popular styles to write our research papers and works cited pages. Only for the styles to change the next year! Now, there are a few tools out there that will do all this work for you…and do it flawlessly. The tool I’m going to focus on is one I think does it the best and offers additional useful features.
If you’ve heard of or used RefME before, then you should know that it has changed its name and all its services to Cite This for Me. You can create your free account on its website. The first neat thing about Cite This for Me is that all your references, citations, work cited pages, and notes are stored in the cloud, so you can access them from any computer, tablet, or smartphone once you sign in to your account.
Cite This for Me has a great Google Chrome extension that allows you to cite, quote, and save any reference you access online through Chrome to your account. You can get this extension by clicking here. Once you have the citation information, click “Add to bibliography”, and you’re done. Here’s what that looks like:
Cite This for Me can do citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Harvard styles. You can see all of its features for creating a works cited page below:
Cite This for Me provides many other great features, such as topic ideas, a plagiarism checker, and a spelling/grammar checker. Also, it has an add-on for Microsoft Word, so you can seamlessly import your citations and works cited pages from Cite This for Me directly into Word.