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Citations plugin for Word 2016

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Spending 3-5 minutes collecting minutiae about some source you’re trying to reference every time is frustrating. Current proprietary tools like Zotero or Mendeley compound this frustration instead of alleviating it. I don’t need an alternate system for embedding and formatting references in my Word documents, I just want to avoid scouring the internet for what year the passage I’m citing was published.

  • Find open, online repository (or set of repositories) providing bibliography information about frequently cited texts
    • Possibly see if there’s a standard specification/interface for publishing biblio-data, and write client to that?
  • Set up Word plugin with some nice, minimal UI for searching publications by author, title, year, etc.
  • Pull required citation data and create citation using whatever OpenXML/Word plugin API is most convenient