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Old 08-06-2014, 10:25 PM   #1
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Apps/Tools for Bibliographys that have auto MLA formatting?

I have to write my biggest research paper yet and need something good for the bibliography aspect of it. I tried getting into Libreoffice but it does not seem to have the capabilities without doing bucket loads of editing. In Microsoft Office the writer app has the auto MLA settings for bibliographys. I am looking for anything like that, or anything that might help me to be able to do this assignment for class WITHOUT HAVING TO USE WINDOWS PLEASE I AM BEGGING YOU.

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I have never used Word or Office, but I can at least tell you tools that I do know are in use on Linux. I have no idea how the compare.

A lot of people use LaTex plus BibTex, both markup languages that can output to MLA style papers. An easy-to-use front end for LaTex is Lyx (although I myself use Sphinx, which is not a GUI application but does output to LaTex).

I have no idea how that will compare to your old workflow of Office; probably it will be very different. But LaTex is widely used for MLA formatting in research papers published by the company for which I work.

Hope that helps.
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I installed the apps and tried to figure it out...IDK, it has citation options but MLA is not listed. Maybe it is over my head for now, I have a day to get it done. Thanks for the suggestion though, I installed all the apps and once I am out of this paper I will practice with them more so next time I am prepped. If you have any tips feel free to toss them in here! Thanks!
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I am a big fan of JabRef for handling references and producing bibliographies. It is written in Java, so is cross platform, I use it with Lyx, but it can also be used with MS Word On a personal note, I will never use MS Word ever again for handling a bibliography. Seeing hours of tedious formatting of a bibliography and in-text references disappear in a flash after some false keystroke sequence was a very bad experience.


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