I’ve found a WordPress plugin that will do what I want with bibliographies: papercite.
For decades, now, I’ve kept my bibliographies in a special format called bibTeX. There are many reasons why I use bibTeX:
- it is a plain text (not binary) format
- there are many converters to other formats, such as Microsoft Word, html, pdf, rdf, and others
- it is the standard citation format used in LaTeX (the document typesetting software I use for my academic work)
Papercite has multiple bibliography styles to choose from (just like bibTeX). I can select to show an entire bibliography individual item or cite a reference in the midst of a paragraph and have a list of references at the end.
You can see an example of this approach to bibliography in the page Bibliographies on the right.
I think I now have all the pieces in place.
It has been next to impossible to find the time to do thinking and reading this past year. As a way of getting my groove back, I’m resurrecting this blog as a kind of public scratch pad, notebook and journal. The idea is that blogging (that is, writing) about one’s reading and thinking is the best way to learn, accumulate knowledge, and prepare for publication.
I’ve gone crazy installing very cool WordPress plugins:
- Anthologize: collect selected posts into a “book” and publish in various formats, e.g., PDF.
- Graceful Pull-Notes: pull-notes are magazine style quotations from an article into an in-text quotation box
- Post Page Associator: put links or the text of blog posts into a page; very useful for creating summaries
- Random Text: a “quote machine” seen on this blog as “Something to Think About”
- Simple Twitter Status Updates: notify my Twitter and Facebook updates when I blog here. Very convenient!
- WP Social-Bookmarking: puts the icons of social websites; now you can share my wisdom on your FaceBook, Twitter, et al. pages.
I’m looking for a way to share an annotated bibliography and haven’t found a “best practices” method yet. Stay tuned!
The previous post is more than a year old. There’s a reason why. A year ago I became unemployed; or, rather, I became an entrepreneur. The economics are the same: no salary. Ironically, the workload increased, rather than diminished.
A year ago this month we spun off the research unit that I was a part of, J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research of Westminster Theological Seminary, as an independent non-profit company, the Groves Center. The change has been enabling, but building the infrastructure has been a challenge.
The foundations have been laid, I started getting paid again in June, and I finally have time to get back to doing science. Small steps.
I’m going to be using this blog as a kind of public scratchpad, very similar to what I’ve done in the past. Posts will reflect my reading, writing, my web surfing and my current thinking. Oh, yes, and some ranting along the way.