University writing is quite a science, and catches many students and seasoned academics out. The rules are complex, and the range of material that can be referenced makes the task a changing target. Academics that set assignments for their students, often assign up to 20% of the final mark to referencing!
A journal article, for example, is a common reference item, yet referencing depends on:
- academic style (Harvard, APA, etc)
- the type of journal material: full article, editorial, supplemental material, abstract, letter, and more
- the way the journal is indexed: volume number only, volume and issue number, volume as a year, issue as a season
- whether the item was found online, in a database, or is a hardcopy
If you use Endnote, Zotero, Mendeley or any other bibliographic software, you can’t be guaranteed that the reference for a journal article will be correct, because they have limited types available and they can’t figure out if you have the season, or volume stuff sorted. These software products all work much the same way, so we haven’t had a tool (until now) that outputs accurate references!
ComWriter is a new breed of academic tool that has re-engineered the referencing process…
ComWriter is a new breed of academic tool that has re-engineered the referencing process, from the perspective of the desired output!
- Pre-defined styles: APA, Harvard, MLA, MHRA, and more (references and text is auto-formatted)
- A range of reference types that mean you can change a ‘journal article’ to be an editorial, or a book review, or one of the other kinds of journal material
- simply identify the source: hardcopy, online, database and the details are taken care of
- whether you have volume, issue, year or season data, it is interrogated to produce the correct output
Here is a sample of APA journal references exported from ComWriter:
Author1, A., Author2, B. & Author3, C. (2013). Abstract only in journal [Abstract]. Journal Title, 6(7), 1-20. doi:12345
Author16, M., Author17, N. & Author18, P. (2013). Editorial in journal [Editorial]. Journal Title, 6(7), 1-20. Retrieved from http://www.comwriter.com.
Author22, R., Author23, S. & J., & Author24, T. (2013). Journal article: With volume only. Journal Title, 6, 1-20. doi:12345
Author34, W., Author35, L. & Author36, M. (2013). Letter in journal [Letter to editor]. Journal Title, 6(7), 1-20. doi:12345
Author40, X., Author41, M. & Author42, J. (2013). Monograph in journal [Monograph]. Journal Title, 6(7), 1-20. doi:12345
Author59, Z., Author60, M. & Author61, L. (2013). Supplemental journal material [Supplemental material]. Journal Title, 6(7), pp. S1-S20.
Author65, R., Author66, S. & Author67, T. (2013). Journal article: with volume and season. Journal Title, 30(Spring), 1-20. doi:12345
Author71, A…. Author80, K. (2014). Journal article: with volume and issue. Journal Title, 7(3), 1-20. doi:12345
AuthorA, A., AuthorB, A. & JournalC, C. (2014). Journal article: with issue only. Journal Title, (23).
AuthorE, E., AuthorF, F. & AuthorG, G. (2014). Journal article: With season only. Journal Title, (January-February), 1-20. doi:12345
Journal-Editor47, D., Journal-Editor48, E. & Journal-Editor49, F. (Eds.). (2013). Section in special issue of journal [Special section]. Journal Title, 6(7), 1-20. doi:12345
Journal-Reviewer10, A., Journal-Reviewer11, B. & Journal-Reviewer12, C. (2013). Book review in journal [Review of Book Title, by D. Journal7, K. Journal8 & L. Journal9]. Journal Title, 6(7), 1-20. doi:12345
Great looking references eh!
(ps., ComWriter will do a hanging indent)