From the developer of the popular Flippity service comes a new tool designed for students. That tool is called QuickCite and it helps students properly format MLA 8 citations. Students can also use QuickCite for less formal citation needs like those used in slideshows and video credits.
QuickCite is not like many of the well-known online citation tools that provide automatic citation formatting for students. QuickCite doesn’t just pull a URL or an ISBN and then spit out a citation for students to copy. Instead, to create an MLA 8 citation students have to manually enter required information then the citation is created for them. QuickCite provides little help buttons that students can click on to get clarifications on the type of information that needs to be included in each section of the citation.
Applications for Education
There are a few things that I appreciate about QuickCite for students. First, it doesn’t do all the work for student. Second, QuickCite provides guidance on what goes into each part of an MLA 8 citation. Third, students don’t need to create an account or even have an email address to use QuickCite.