WordPress Editor Gets New Plugin for Citations and Bibliography

Introducing Citations: A New Plugin for Easy In-Text Citations in WordPress

In the world of academic and scholarly writing, proper citation of sources is crucial. It not only gives credit to the original authors but also allows readers to verify the information and delve deeper into the topic. However, creating citations can be a tedious and time-consuming task, especially when using older versions of WordPress. That’s where Citations, a new plugin developed by WP Munich and Luehrsen // Heinrich, comes in handy.

What is Citations?

Citations is a plugin specifically designed for users of the block editor in WordPress. It simplifies the process of creating in-text citations and assigning them to specific sources. Unlike most existing plugins that cater to older versions of WordPress, Citations is tailored to meet the needs of users who prefer the block editor.

How does it work?

Once installed, Citations adds a new menu item to the rich text formatting toolbar. Users can simply highlight the text they want to cite, click on the ‘Cite’ button in the toolbar, and a pop-up window will appear. In this window, users can input the necessary source information into the provided fields. This streamlined process makes creating citations quick and effortless.

The Bibliography Block

One of the standout features of Citations is the inclusion of a Bibliography block. This block automatically populates with all the sources of the in-text citations added in the content. Each citation is linked to its corresponding source inside the Bibliography block. While users have the flexibility to position the block anywhere in the document, it is commonly placed at the bottom for easy reference.

Editing Citations and Sources

Citations and sources can be easily edited within the Bibliography block. Users can click on a citation or source to make changes or updates as needed. This feature ensures accuracy and allows for easy management of sources throughout the writing process.

Citations vs. WordPress Footnotes Block

You may be wondering how Citations differs from WordPress’ core Footnotes block. While both are used for academic and scholarly writing to provide references and additional information about sources, there are a few key distinctions.

Citations credit the original source of the information and include all the necessary source details in the bibliography at the end of the document. On the other hand, Footnotes offer more flexibility by allowing additional context or comments at the bottom of the document. Footnotes can also include citations with author, title, and publication details, but they do not always follow the traditional bibliography format.

Getting Started with Citations

For users who are new to citing sources or need a starting point, Citations includes a helpful feature. The plugin offers a pattern that inserts Lorem Ipsum paragraphs with citations and a sample bibliography at the bottom. This feature gives users an idea of how to structure a document for citing sources effectively. To access this pattern, simply search for “Citations Demo” in the pattern search bar.

Try Citations Today!

Citations is available as a free download from WordPress.org. Simply visit the website and search for “Citations” to find and install the plugin. If you prefer to test it out before installation, you can also take it for a spin using WordPress Playground.

In conclusion, Citations is a valuable plugin for WordPress users who require in-text citations and a well-organized bibliography. Its integration with the block editor makes it user-friendly and efficient. Whether you’re a student, researcher, or writer, Citations can save you time and effort when it comes to citing your sources accurately. Download it today and experience the convenience of seamless citation management in WordPress.

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