Academic Writing & Citations

Joan Vinall-Cox at Pedagogical impact has posted about Academic Writing & Citations:

Academic writing has changed radically since I was an undergrad many years ago. When I wrote my Ph.D. thesis a year and a half ago, I made rich use of the capabilities of word-processing. I used Styles for my headings and for generating a table of content. I used the caption feature to describe the images I inserted, and to generate a table of figures. Of course I used the spell checker and the word count and all the flexibility of copy-and-paste. Plus I made sure the font was attractive and readable, and for my particular thesis, I used the font to gelp deliver the meaning. Writing with a word processor is more fun, more visual, and easier than the ugly old manual typewriter of my youth.

I also used EndNote to make my citing much easier and to generate my ‘Works Cited’, and I paid highly for the privilege; it was expensive. During the process of writing my thesis, I was forced to switch from an IBM laptop to a Mac iBook; (don’t ask.) I had to pay again for EndNote to get a Mac version. But anything was better than the picky work of sorting out the anal details of citing the the ‘Works Cited’.

She writes about her experience of academic writing and the tools that have made it easier, finishing with some comments about a new FireFox browser tool that helps with citations.