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On the heels of the recent EasyBib news, there comes more citation and reference management announcements: BibMe and Citavi now also include and link to WorldCat data!

bibme-banner.jpgBibMe has more than 1 million registered users already--and more than 25.5 million citations. BibMe uses WorldCat to fill in citation information for books--very similar to the way EasyBib uses it on their free site.

logo_citavi_128_transparent.gifCitavi is a reference management and knowledge organization service used primarily in the German-speaking world--although there is an English version of the Web site. It helps you find, structure and document the resources you find very quickly within a single interface. WorldCat is now another online catalog that Citavi users can search in, pull citations for and make annotations to help their research and writing up process.

If you use a citation site other than BibMe, Citavi or EasyBib and you'd like it to include WorldCat data, please let us know via comments. (You can export to RefWorks, EndNote and EasyBib already from WorldCat.org.)

All in all, a good day for citations and WorldCat. Well, more importantly a good day for anyone who needs to do citations and wants help in a quick and easy way, powered by the world's libraries and librarians.

For you library newshounds (!), you might have already seen the recent news release from OCLC, the organization who provides stewardship for WorldCat on behalf of the member libraries who contribute to it.

But for the rest of us, I'll risk repeating the good news: the creators of EasyBIb.com have come together with OCLC staffers--our own Jasmine among them--on a collaboration to help libraries deliver an even more robust citation service for their users: EasyBib Library Edition. (Catchy name, I know!)

EasyBib Library Edition will feature all the great things from the EasyBib.com free site, a very popular online citation site on the Web. But then it adds in even more: links to your library's site, catalog, ask-a-librarian/chat service and a unique skin specific for your library. It's all in an effort to make sure libraries and librarians are there to meet your needs, whenever and wherever you are. You'll be able to see more, do more and gain access to even more research materials from the simple EasyBib interface you may already use every day.

But WorldCat.org already has citations. Why improve on an already good thing?
This announcement doesn't change WorldCat's citation features. (Although the EasyBib team may have some good ideas later on, for how to make it better!) For now, WorldCat.org will continue to have citations the same way as it always has. This news just reflects a deepening of an already solid partnership of WorldCat with EasyBib.

And speaking of the current partnership, you might have seen the link to EasyBib when you used the WorldCat cite/export link. Or you might already be using EasyBib.com for your citations and you might have noticed that WorldCat powers the book citation selections.

So whether you use EasyBib already or are now inspired to check it out and see how WorldCat citations connect in with it, we're excited about the partnership and to see what the Library Edition will bring. Stay tuned as we build the service together and test it with a few beta libraries.

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The latest issue of the OCLC magazine, NextSpace #16, is now available online. Among the articles in this issue is one on using WorldCat.org for advanced citation work.

Since we're now fully into Autumn (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway), that means folks will be cracking their knuckles and typing like mad to get their first set of essays and papers done. That being the case, I thought it couldn't hurt to take the citation information and put it out here for y'all.

You probably already know that you can easily cite materials using the "Cite/Export" button on the detailed record page for any item. Click on that button and you get a box for five citation formats: APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian. You can then click on one of the "+" buttons to see the citation text in that format (great for copying/pasting directly into the bib for your paper), or export the citation to RefWorks, EndNote or EasyBib.

But you can also use WorldCat Lists to perform advanced citation functions. Here's how it works.

  1. Create and/or view a list of WorldCat.org items.
  2. While viewing the list, click on the "Citations View" tab.
  3. If you want to select everything in the list, click on the "Select All" button, or manually tick the boxes for items you want to cite.
  4. Select one of the five citation styles you want to use from the drop-down box.
  5. Select how you want to export the list from the "Export selected references" drop-down menu.
  6. Click on the "Export" button and specify the file/location.

That's it. You can export your citations list as an HTML file (put it on a blog or Web site with clickable links to items), Rich Text format (good for moving a long bibliography into a word processing document), or export it into RIS, EndNote or RefWorks. If you're already working in one of these popular systems, your file will be available for use with minimal extra effort.

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