Students can Quickly and Easily Document Research with the Writing Reviser


The Byzantine particulars of documenting sources within a research paper and correctly formatting a final Works Cited page have frustrated students and teachers since the invention of papyrus.

Worse, struggling to research the proper way to cite research sources steals valuable time from activities central to any writing class: refining the essay’s overall structure and its line-by-line expressiveness.

Traditional handbook guidelines have proven woefully inadequate to generations of young writers attempting to negotiate the confusing straits of proper documentation, which involves seemingly capricious—one might say Kafkaesque--variations depending on whether the student is citing a journal, a magazine, a newspaper, a book with one author, a book with multiple authors, a book with an editor and multiple authors, a book with multiple editors and a Martian co-author, and so on into despair, breakdown, and insanity.

The task has not grown simpler with the introduction of online sources.

The free Writing Reviser puts an end to these problems. By making a series of simple choices from pull-down menus, students automatically follow the prescribed MLA style. Our technology makes the correct formatting decisions and displays them for the student to see.

Students open the research wizard by highlighting text and clicking the research button.

Students thus save time better devoted to refining their essays. They don’t try to memorize formats that even graduate students need to look up every time they write a paper.

And teachers save time looking up and correcting mistakes that often prove as puzzling to the student in corrected form as they did during the original failed composition.

Our research feature is just one of many ways Writing Reviser helps students begin to ask themselves the kinds of questions experienced writers ask automatically. Learn more about the Writing Reviser—and our complete suite of writing tools from Curriculum Pathways—at Using Google Docs? You can add the Writing Reviser to your Google Docs for free.

For more information on our research feature, see Publish Don’t Perish and Documenting Sources with a Research Tool.


About Author

Tim McBride

Supervisor, Educational Multimedia Writing

Tim McBride has degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology and NC State University, where he taught English for several years. His first book of poetry, The Manageable Cold, was published recently by TriQuarterly Press at Northwestern University. He works as a writer and an editor on Curriculum Pathways. He lives in Cary, NC, with an American pit bull terrier named Charlie McCarthy and a Catahoula hog dog named Junk.

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