Today I will be explaining how to use Ottobib to get the reference or bibliography of books cited in our articles, all well-formatted according to a Citation Style Language (CSL) of our choice. Often times, we use books as a reference source when writing our articles, and as such, the need to cite such sources arise. This may be a daunting task for some of us. Don’t worry, EduTechTainMent is here to show an easy way out.
What is Ottobib?
Ottobib is a free online resource we can use to make a bibliography of books cited using just the International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The ISBN is a unique, standardized number assigned to various editions, versions, and variations of a book. This means that a particular book has unique numeric digits assigned to each of its different editions and variations or versions, whether hardcovers, electronic book versions, or paper-back versions, with the exception of reprints.
What is ISBN?
The ISBN number is 13 digits long (if assigned before January 1st, 2007) or 10 digits long (if it was assigned after the aforementioned date); it is purchased by publishers from an ISBN agency. I will be suing the Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology to illustrate how to use Ottobib.
How to Use Ottobib
To generate the bibliography of any book you wish to cite, copy the ISBN number of the book and paste it in the search box of the Ottobib website. Select the CSL of your choice and click on “Get Citations”. This will return a bibliographic entry, formatted according to your chosen CSL, which you can copy and use in your articles. Ottobib also has a Google Chrome extension for easy access and use. You can enter multiple ISBN queries, separated by commas, at a go.
To use the Ottobib Google Chrome extension, visit the extension page, click on “Add to Chrome” to install the extension on your Google Chrome browser. Ensure you are logged onto your google account. After adding, the Ottobib extension appears on the bookmarks tab area of your Chrome browser. To use it, just click on it and it will pop up an Ottobib dialog box, paste the copied ISBN of the book you wish to cite and add to your bibliography. Press “Enter” on your keyboard. It will automatically generate several bibliographic entries formatted according to some popular CSL such as MLA, APA, etc. Click to copy any one of the generated bibliographies.
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