Citations in pages

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  1. Samtb macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    Is there a way to get citations in pages for free without having to buy endnote?
  2. DoctorFedora macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    At the risk of sounding like a smart-ass: do them by hand like we all did in 2005? You'd be paying for a thing that saves you time and effort, not for a thing that is absolutely mandatory to accomplish the task in the first place.
  3. leman macrumors 604

    Oct 14, 2008
    I am very much disagreeing with the bold part. Pages and Office a nice for short summaries, but if you need to write longer documents with citations, references and structure, they do not save you any time or effort but rather make things needlessly complicated and messy. The best tool for the job is still LaTeX (or a markdown->pandoc->LaTeX based solution). I always encourage my students to move to LaTeX and experience shows that their productivity improves significantly compared to Word-like applications (after a short learning period). And - you get professionally looking, perfectly typeset documents instead of the misshapen nightmare that Office or Pages produce.
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I absolutely agree with the first part. However, I wouldn’t recommend LaTeX that easily, especially if you don’t have to work with formulas. LaTeX has a considerable learning curve and will make documents look messy in the writing process, not to mention that these editors are not as powerful or straightforward as a good word processor. I tried using Scrivener with Markdown once, but the result was a lot of tinkering to get the result that I wanted, which is especially problematic when you have strict requirements on the format of your papers.

    However, LaTeX does come with a (standalone) bibliography manager on its own, it’s called BibTex. I think I saw some Pages plugins for that program as well. The OP should check that out.
  5. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    Try writing a 200 page document with over 100 references without a citation manager.

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