Monday, October 03, 2016

How to Create Citations without the Research Tool

Create Citations w/out #GoogleDoc Research Tool | @EdTechnocation
It seemed like a great day on September 29, 2016 when Google made the official announcement about G Suite and a ton of new features rolling out including the Explore Tool for Docs, Sheets, and Slides. It all seemed like amazing new advancements in Google Drive, until many teachers and students realized that one major Google Docs tool was missing: the Research Tool, and along with it the amazing Citation tools built within! It turned out to be a rather sad end to the week for many. But fear not! There are still some great citation options available for G Suite and Chrome users. And there's even a grassroots campaign to get back those citation tools in Explore!

Rest in Peace #GoogleDocs Research Tool @EdTechnocation

The following message was shared with G Suite domain admins on October 17, 2016:

Update - October 17th, 2016: Based on customer feedback, we are adding education-specific capabilities to the Explore tool in Google Docs before rolling it out to Google for Education (EDU) domains on Scheduled release. Please note that this will not impact the launch of Explore in Docs to EDU and non-EDU customers on Rapid release, for whom the rollout has already completed, or to non-EDU customers on Scheduled release, for whom the gradual rollout has already begun. It also will not impact the launch of Explore in Google Sheets and Slides, which is continuing as communicated.

CORRECTION & CLARIFICATION: It was brought to my attention by several people after this post went live that the citation options built in to the Research Tool did not actually create proper citations, and to some extent neither do some of the options below. It's important, when teaching students how to use these tools, that they also understand how to create citations themselves and understand the importance of including citations in their work. Because of this, I believe the best option for creating proper and complete citations would have to be the Easybib Toolbar Chrome Extension for now.  This tool doesn't just generate a citation for you, but it takes you one step further by allowing you to add additional information and adjusting existing pieces of the citation. These tools can't always find all of the necessary parts of a citation, so educating students about this is vital. My own philosophy on citations has always been to teach students how to create them first, then give them the tools that will simplify and help make the process more efficient. Thank you to those who have taken the time to contact me about this! Hopefully we'll see a better citation tool built in to Explore soon!

3 Google Docs Add-ons for Creating Citations & Bibliographies

Easybib Bibliography Creator
This Google Docs add-on is probably, by far, the best option for creating citations and bibliographies in Google Docs. It's simple yet powerful. It allows for the creation of book, journal article, and website citations in over 7,000 styles! And it will automatically generate a bibliography or works cited page in your Google Doc for you and keep it updated as you make changes! Get the add-on here. Watch the video here.

This is another very powerful citation tool built into Google Docs. It includes a feature that Easybib does not have, the ability to create in-text and footnote citations. It will also generate a bibliography for you and you have access to over 7,000 styles. This one is definitely worth checking out! Get the add-on here.

With this Google Docs add-on you can create inline citations quickly and easily. This one also offers access to over 7,000 styles and allows for journal articles, books, websites, newspapers, and conference document citations. Get the add-on here.

3 Chrome Extensions for Creating Citations

Cite This For Me
This Chrome Extension is specifically for creating website citations. It allows for 4 citation styles: APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard. With just the click of the extension button it will generate a citation of the website you are currently visiting. You can either copy/paste that citation into your research document or you can save it to your online bibliography and access it later. Get the extension here.

This extension is similar to Cite This For Me but is more limited in its abilities. Apogee also generates website citations with the click of a button, but it only allows for MLA or APA currently and it does not save the citation to a bibliography. Get the extension here.

Easybib Toolbar
Just like the other two, the Easybib Toolbar will create website citations for you. You'll need to login to an Easybib account though, which you can create with a Google account. It's not as quick to use though, because it allows you to add or edit the citation before creating it, which can be very helpful. Get the extension here.

Bring Back the Citation Tool!

The options above should suffice for the time being, but we need to come together and let the Google Drive Team know that we miss the citation tools! Check out this Google Docs Help Forum post and voice your opinion! Also, the best thing you can do is submit official feedback! While inside a Google Doc (on the web) go to HELP > REPORT A PROBLEM and voice your disappointment for missing the citation tool. Encourage the rest of your school, along with students, to do the same. The more they hear from us, the stronger our voice becomes!

Google Docs > Help > Report a problem

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