Any good writer (or any writer trying to get a good grade) will know that the researching process makes or breaks a paper. You chop through an Amazon of online readings, collecting and jotting down game changing facts, stats and quotes in order to support your awesome ideas and tug at your teachers rubric heart strings.
The nightmarish ending to this journey is one we all know.
You finish the paper. It’s very smart, and well supported. You even quoted Frederick Niche—and Don Draper. But when you go back to hyperlink your source or put it into a bibliography, you can’t find it. It’s not there. You didn’t save the URL anywhere. Where did it go? Did it ever exist? Did you make it up in an insane state of research delusion?
If you can’t cite something then it isn’t true. That’s the way teachers think, anyways. You’ll be lucky to get C when you fail to cite your facts—or fail to have enough facts in the first place.
This kind of stuff in inevitable. If anything, passionate students who enjoy sailing through a wondrous rabbit hole of online readings are the type of students to forget to track their research. But as you move onto college you’ll find that this is the exact type of careless behavior that’ll drag you down. Like below a 3.0 down.
CiteLighter is the tool that’ll change that.
It’s free and simple to use. All you have to do is download it—signing up as either a high school or college student—and let it live quietly at the top of your browser.
Once you have it downloaded you can create multiple folders, like “Federalist Papers research Essay” or “The Odyssey Research Paper” and simply highlight information you find online and add it to these folders with one almighty click. CiteLighter then magically puts these tidbits on your account and even snags the website URL and creates an MLA standard bibliography when you’re not looking.
If this doesn’t seem like a tool of magnificent power, don’t worry, you’ll understand when you get to college, where researching isn’t a small part of the process but a constant, ongoing necessity. You’ll rarely be given an exact topic to write about and you definitely won’t have a teacher to “okay” it.
You will have to dig through websites, journals and e-books to find information to support your point long before you will know exactly what your points of argument will be. But that’s okay, because the discovery is the most important part, and CiteLighter does the organizing while you do the digging.
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