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 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.
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