Monday, September 27, 2010

Self Setting Preferences

CM now remembers your 
most used sources
I have long felt that the most valuable feature of Citation Machine is its simplicity and resulting ease of use. I believe that it still requires too much scanning and reading to make the selections for a specific source, so I am trying to increase the tool's simplicity by including some Cookie features that will cause your computer to remember certain things about how you use CM.

If this all works (I'm doing the programming at this typing), then when you select a style (MLA, APA, Chicago), CM will remember that selection so that the next time you open the tool, it will automatically click out that style.

In addition, I am rewording the expanding button from Fewer and More to Frequent and All. CM will now record on your computer (via Cookies) the content sources that you use, and then list only those when you select FREQUENT. Clicking ALL will return all sources.

18 comments:

Sahar said...

I've been using citation machine now for over 5 years. However the revisions you've made in the last few months have really turned me off to the site. I logged on today and I can tell you I'm not impressed, it's almost more difficult to use and my citations are not formatted correctly.

David Warlick said...

Sahar, Your's is only the second comment that I have received about the formatting, but that may be an indication of some larger frustration going on.

First of all, none of the work I've done over the past month or so (or last six months) has effected the formatting. So I am assuming that you are talking about the way that the "Click to Copy" feature works. You weren't very clear in your comment.

So I have removed that feature all together. We'll see if how that works.

I have done some further work on the memory feature that I added today, and it should work better now -- or at least no be confusing. Please let me know if it works better without the "Click to Copy" feature.

L.A.Xica said...

David-First year of Grad School after being out for a few years you forget what and how to cite...thank you for this tool!
Quick question- I am yet to pick up my latest edition of the MLA book showed on your blog- when doing citation does one have to double space? and what do you call your bibliography? Bibliography? Works Cited? Annotaded Bibliography? (rookie once again)- Thanks!

Sarah Eliza said...

I didn't know where else to comment but there is a little bug with the CMS online journal citation generator. It leaves out a quotation mark and a period after the article name. Just thought I'd point that out. Thanks!

Brent said...

I have been using Citation Machine for some time but have not had need over the last year or so. When I tried to use it today I couldn't get the ISBN look-up to work. Can you comment on that?

David Warlick said...

Sorry for the delay, Sarah. I've been on the road pretty constantly lately, but now getting to spend some time tinkering with CM.

Thanks for letting me know. It's fixed now!

David Warlick said...

Brent, the ISBN number lookup is working now. The folks who maintain my servers upgraded the system, which defaulted to a setting that prevented me from access the XML feeds from Google Books.

Anyway, I found another way to do all of that...

-- dave --

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L.A.Xica said...

Thank you.

Suzanne C said...

Mr. Warlick,
I discovered your site this evening as I searched for an MLA citation generator. Your site is well done and easy to use! I used it to make a citation for a government publication and a book.

I've not noticed any glitches thus far. Thanks so much for creating such a useful tool!

Suzanne carter

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AnnaMae said...

How do I site a personal interview in APA format? I didn't see it as an option. or was I not observant?

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Greg said...

I love the sight but,. . .
I have been unable to get v5.0 and the ISBN doesn't work for me from any of my machines. Is there a fly in the ointment somewhere?

Mike said...

This site is a life saver for APA citations. I discovered it in my undergraduate studies and a findining invaluable foe my graduate course work. Thank you for creating and maintaining it. However, and isn’t there always a however, after entering the necessary info and clicking the submit there are advertisements that pop up and obscure the copying process. How did learn that they obscure some of the 'internet address? My paper was retuned with a big fat zero because the Reference page was not formatted correctly. Yes I should have reviewed the paper more thoroughly but after five years use I was caught off guard.
Thanks for listening!

Mike said...

This site is a life saver for APA citations. I discovered it in my undergraduate studies and a findining invaluable foe my graduate course work. Thank you for creating and maintaining it. However, and isn’t there always a however, after entering the necessary info and clicking the submit there are advertisements that pop up and obscure the copying process. How did learn that they obscure some of the 'internet address? My paper was retuned with a big fat zero because the Reference page was not formatted correctly. Yes I should have reviewed the paper more thoroughly but after five years use I was caught off guard.
Thanks for listening!