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.

Cite 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. You may then copy-and-paste the citation into your document, or add it to your online bibliography for safekeeping until later. Cite This For Me also comes with a Google Chrome extension.

As stated on the Cite This For Me web site: “Cite This For Me helps you create your Bibliography Online in 60 seconds or less!””

Not bad for a free product!

You can find the FREE Cite This For Me at https://www.citethisforme.com/.

For more advanced reading, the Pittsburg County (Oklahoma) Genealogical and Historical Society has an excellent reference, called Genealogy Source Citations Quick Reference, available at https://bit.ly/3gkaBBR. 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. These printed documents are considered to be the standard references to be used by genealogists. You can find all of these books on Amazon by starting at https://amzn.to/314kiy3.

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I followed the link. It’s not free, it’s $9.99/month

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    I believe you mixed up two separate services. As stated in the above article, “Cite 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.”

    In addition, the service also offers an OPTIONAL upgrade for a fee. As stated on the site’s home page:

    Premium Cite This For Me Access
    If you like to save work as you progress, dislike ads, and prefer to download your bibliography as a Word Doc, Cite This For Me premium access is perfect for you! In addition to the perks already mentioned, you’ll also gain access to our plagiarism check. It helps you identify any information that may still need”

    The upgrade is OPTIONAL. I suspect most users are happy with the free service and never upgrade. Admittedly, I have no proof of that. Just a guess.

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David Paul Davenport August 1, 2020 at 3:17 am

“Where did I find that?” is not the same as a citation. I can think of hundreds of examples of citations that an “erroneous” to the extent that they do not tell anyone where to find the document allegedly being cited. WHERE must include the repository of the document – it is of little help to write “such and such is on page X” of some marriage register (for example) if the location of the marriage register isn’t reported – is the register at the county clerk’s office, the local library, an historical society, etc etc AND the date on which it was consulted should also be included. Many public bodies “deaccession” (ie transfer to a different location) documents over time and spending time looking in the wrong repository can be avoided if researchers include ALL of the relevant information about where something can be found.

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Tom Jones has also written an excellent book on the subject: Mastering Genealogical Documentation (available on Amazon). He also teaches the subject at various conferences and institutes.

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Citation rules can be daunting for new family historians. When I gave a newbie Evidence Explained, Elizabeth Shown Mills’ excellent guide to citing sources, she nearly fainted at the prospect of having to master its complexities. I’ve discovered that this is approach is not helpful and sometimes discourages people from pursuing family history. So now I simply instruct newbies to write down everything they can, in whatever manner they like, about where the information came from and offer them guidance about what details should always be included. Later on they will realize the importance of constructing standard citations and will have the information they need.

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