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The CiteFest Challenge!

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 What are some useful challenges?


We want to evaluate a number of software tools in terms of how well they actually handle real-world tasks a researcher might have, whether it be undergraduate student, Ph.D. candidate, or advanced scholar.  Think about tasks that you may be doing on a fairly regular basis, and edit this page to add your challenge suggestions.


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  • Create a bibliography for a two page paper using different source types
  • Share your citations with others
  • Create a citation from a web site
  • Import a citation from an online database
  • Change your references from MLA to APA (or vice versa)
  • Attach your notes, keywords, or tags to a citation
  • Include special characters or non-Roman alphabets in your citation
  • Cite a podcast
  • Cite an audio recording
  • Cite a music score
  • Cite unpublished archival materials, including a letter, a scrapbook, an internal memo, a newspaper clipping
  • Cite an archival finding-aid from a repository website
  • Download a paper as a pdf using the reference's DOI
  • Link each reference in your database to a pdf on your hard drive
  • Merge two citation libraries from separate publications into one document with appropriate formatting (numbering updates, create a merged library, etc.)
  • Edit a reference after it has been inserted into a paper
  • Create a custom citation and reference format for a conference paper or journal article
  • Cite while you write - in as many different word processors as possible (Word, Word Perfect, Open Office)
  • Cite with the author part of regular text, e.g: "as Smith (1776) argues"
  • Include page numbers and comments such as e.g., c.f. to a citation, e.g. "in the late 18th century, economists started to discover the virtues of the free market (cf. Smith 1776, 18-24)
  • Drag and drop references into a blog post
  • Export bibliographic information in HTML
  • Cite a YouTube video or a image from Flickr
  • Create a timeline to visualize your records
  • Create collections to organize your materials
  • Add citations to an email
  • Generate collections based on search criteria
  • Add references to a Google Doc


Please edit this page to add your challenge, or send it via email to citefest@northwestern.edu



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