🎉 New Feature: Invite others to your bibs!

January’s almost behind us, and we’ve just added another hot new feature to MyBib. Building a bibliography with a group can be tedious (not to mention lonely 😛). Group members are throwing sources and updates at you from every direction, and it falls on your shoulders to make sure they’re all cited — and correctly too. That’s a pressure you could do without.

We have the solution — we’ve added a way for your group members to securely access one of your bibliographies from their own computer so they can make changes without you.

Screenshot showing a citation preview

To enable access to your bibliography, first click the new Share button and turn on Sharing, then send the special link to each of your group members. They just need to visit the link and presto — they’re in! You still keep overall control of your bibliogaphy and can remove them if you need to, plus you’ll get live alerts every time they make a change.

Give it a try, and we’d love to know what you think. You can give us feedback using the speech bubble icon in the bottom-left corner of the tool.

🎉 New Features: Tips for citation data and more

It’s almost 2019 and we’ve got some big improvements on the way (spoiler: notecards is one of them). For now though, here’s a couple of smaller updates.

First up, be prepared to see helpful tips when entering data for each citation. These include pointers for finding specific pieces of information, and examples of the data you should be entering. We’ve also included some warnings to make sure you’re capitalizing words that should be capitalized, and lowercasing those that shouldn’t.

Screenshot showing information tips

We’ve added a couple of quality improvements too — you can now select multiple citations and then drag them to other projects, or delete them all in a single click.

Screenshot showing selecting multiple citations

🎉 New Feature: Citation previews

We’ve just added a live preview to each citation form. Now, when adding or editing a citation you can immediately see how it will be formatted before saving it.

Screenshot showing a citation preview

This is especially useful for learning how adding or removing a piece of data can affect the citation as a whole. For example: when citing a webpage in MLA format where a website name hasn’t been added, the article title is italicized. However once a website name has been added the article title returns to normal but is surrounded with quotation marks instead, while the website name becomes italic in its place. That’s a significant change, and easily mistaken too.

In the future we want to add more useful features like this that help to explain the hows and whys of the citation process instead of automating it blindly. When we can present a learning opportunity alongside the automation then everyone wins.