A search on a word etymology (which I'll finish next time I lay hands on the OED) led me to Answers.com. Interestingly, I discovered that Answers.com also gives proper MLA, Chicago, and APA citations at the bottoms of their entries. I've tried several, and all came out accurately, so it seems pretty reliable.
As an example, let's look at the entry for "Beowulf." Scroll to the bottom and you'll see a box with "Copyrights" and little bubbles that say "Cite." If you click on one of the bubbles, such as the one for "Literature Information about Beowulf," you'll come to this page. Note also that you can change the citation style ... and it even reminds you to use a hanging indent. Nice!
If I were a freshman, and needed to cite some general information, I'd probably use this site just to be sure I had the citation correct. It probably doesn't have the ethos for anything beyond basic, general info, but at least it offers a good model.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Citations and Answer.com
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Wow, I can't believe I've missed out on Answers.com for so long! Clicking on your link was the first time I actually went there and I'm impressed. I think before I always unconsciously thought it was the same as Ask.com and wrote it off as not worth my time. Guess I was wrong.ReplyDelete
Oh, and while the citations are nice, they don't put in the indents, so a student would have to be careful about that if they used it.
Like Frank, I can't believe that I missed answers.com!ReplyDelete
I'd actually encountered it before and seen the Wikipedia material there and had therefore assumed that it was a ripoff of the Wikipedia site. Now, I see that it's much more.
Good job, Scott.
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You could also use citation machine.ReplyDelete
Citation machine tells you not to copy their citation. I did a copy and paste and, except for coming out gray, it worked fine. I wonder what that is about?ReplyDelete
I put in a book I had at hand and got this:ReplyDelete
Copy the citation below and paste it into your document.
Fanger, Donald. The creation of Nikolai Gogol. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1979.
Use your word processor to format your citations as illustrated below. Do Not Copy this Citation
Fanger, Donald. The creation of Nikolai Gogol. Cambridge,
Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1979.
So they're not telling you not to copy the citation at all, they're telling you to copy the first (unindented) version and then format it; then they show you what it should look like and warn you not to copy that, presumably because depending on your browser it may or may not come out correctly formatted. (As you can see, the second one looks exactly like the first in this comment box.)
your right about that answers.com i've tried asking there once the best dating site so i tried going to webdate.com as what was stated in the site by one of the answerers and i did enjoy it..ReplyDelete