Cite This For Me

Genealogists often don’t understand the need when they begin but soon find it is important to cite their sources. After all, someday you will ask, “Where did I find that?” If you were smart enough to record the source citation at the time you recorded the other information, your question is easily answered. You will find many other genealogy uses for source citations as well.

CiteThisForMeCite This For Me is a FREE extension for the Chrome web browser that will automatically create website citations in the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard referencing styles at the click of a button. Simply browse to the page you wish to cite and click the button to generate a correctly formatted citation. Then copy-paste the citation into your assignment, or add it to your online bibliography for safe keeping until later. Cite This For Me also comes with a Google Chrome extension.

Not bad for a free product!

You can find the FREE Cite This For Me in the Chrome Web Store at https://goo.gl/NVHjyD.

For more advanced reading, the Pittsburg County (Oklahoma) Genealogical and Historical Society has an excellent free reference, called Genealogy Source Citations Quick Reference, available at http://goo.gl/loni8t. If you are not familiar with source citations in genealogy, start with that document.

Elizabeth Shown Mills has written some far more detailed books about source citations in genealogy work: Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, and QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research: Evidence Style. You can find all of these references on Amazon by starting at http://goo.gl/nzkJj3.

You can also find Bobbi King’s review of those books by starting at https://goo.gl/oOHE1J.

8 Comments

Do the other browsers have such extensions? Used Internet Explorer for many years but recently using Edge.

Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 15:01:28 +0000 To: phil_walls@msn.com

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Very handy tip. Citing is very important.

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If you use Word Press to build your site, they have a plug-in called Press This, which can grab snippets of data and be used to cite your finds as well.

Katy Hestand

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How often I have wished that I had named the source of info that I secured before I realized the importance of citing sources.

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David Paul Davenport May 4, 2016 at 10:13 pm

Good advice, but the best researchers should also report the location of the source. As libraries are replaced and paper becomes obsolete it will not be enough to write “Aunt Gertrude’s “Smith” folder.”

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I downloaded this add on and think it will be very useful. When you create your source, at the bottom of the dialog box in small print is a link for the full tool for free at citeThisForMe.com
I tried it, but didn’t have time to fully evaluate it.

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Eastman, D.
Eastman, D. (2016). Cite This For Me. [online] Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Available at: https://blog.eogn.com/2016/05/03/cite-this-for-me/#more-13194 [Accessed 5 May 2016].

Handy. Thanks.

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