Whatever your subject, whatever your cause... if the truth is on your side,
Cite your Sources!
- What is WorksCited.Net?
- It's a public database for quotations. Whether you're doing serious
research or casually taking notes, it can be hard to keep track of who said
what, where and when. That can be frustrating when you're trying to put together
a paper or a presentation, and it can be disastrous when someone asks you
where you got a particular quote or statistic and you don't remember. If you
put your quotes in this database, you can just say, "You'll find my references
- How do I use WorksCited.Net?
- Use the green band at the top of each page to browse, search, or contribute to the database.
- Why should I use this database instead of making my own quote file?
- Because it's already constructed, for one thing. Building your own
database -- on note cards or on a computer -- takes time that you could better
spend researching. For another thing, you might benefit from quotes someone
else has found, and someone might be able to use yours.
- You mean I can cut corners in my research by using quotes I find here?
- No! Not only might a quote be taken out of context, it might come from an
unreliable source. When you find an interesting quote, here or anywhere else,
you should always track down the original document to make sure the
quote means what it says. You can make this task easier for other people by
supplying as much information as possible about the source, publication, and
- How can I find just my own quotes and not anyone else's?
- Add your name or some other personally meaningful word as a keyword for
all of your quotes; then you can search for that word. You can also export all your quotes as a flat HTML table, suitable for importing into a spreadsheet for your personal backups.
- This looks a little bit unfinished. Will it get better?
- You bet! For example, you can expect to soon see auto-generated APA-style
citations as well as MLA-style. Got suggestions? Contact me!
WorksCited.Net is a personal project of Ben Stallings,
with development partially funded by World
Population Balance. We are not responsible for the content of quotes that
other people may contribute to this database.