🎉 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.