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Automatic Quote Referencing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235010D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 62K

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Abstract

Referencing correctly and accurately is a vital component of any written paper or article. Incorrectly referencing or failing to refer to a source can at best reduce the accuracy and validity of an article and at worst deem it invalid due to plagiarism. This patent aims to address this issue by enabling automatic referencing of quotes within word processing applications. The patent covers a plug-in for word processor applications which enables this automatic referencing, by performing text analytics on any quote written between quotation marks and subsequently searching through an external index of documents to give a list of possible sources. The user can then select the correct source, which is then added both in/text and in the bibliography. In addition, the desired referencing style chosen by the user. The plug-in interacts with three modules: the word processor which the plug-in interacts with and where the parsing rules are implemented, an index of documents, and a search engine, which searches through the index based on the parsing rules defined. While there are a number of existing referencing generation plug-ins, this one is unique due to it being automatic - no manual action is required by the user in typing in the reference, only to select from a list of possible references and to place both in text and bibliographic references into the document.

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Automatic Quote Referencing System

Referencing correctly and accurately is a vital component of any written paper or article. Incorrectly referencing or failing to refer to a source can at best reduce the accuracy and validity of an article and at worst deem it invalid due to plagiarism. This patent aims to address this issue by enabling automatic referencing of quotes

within word processing applications.

    The Automatic Quote Referencing System tackles three key problem areas faced by writers of any document type and in particular, writers of academic articles, in the following areas:

Accuracy of referencing


Completeness of referencing


Complexity of referencing

Current challenges

    The Automatic Quote Referencing System tackles three key problem areas faced by writers of any document type and in particular, writers of academic articles, in the following areas:

Accuracy of referencing


Completeness of referencing


Complexity of referencing

Existing solutions

Existing solutions to these problems can be grouped into two groups:

1) On-line automatic referencing generators


There are a number of online referencing generators. In each of these

systems the user must first find within the text they wish to reference details such as 'Author', 'Year of publication', 'Journal', 'Publisher', 'Article title', 'Volume', 'Pages' etc. These details are then types into fields within the generator. The system then creates a bibliographic reference, which can then be copied and pasted into the

users work. Some of these systems provide only one referencing system. Some allow for a choice between several referencing types. There are three main drawbacks of these types of solutions:

The user must manually search through the text they wish to reference themselves to find the reference details. This can be a laborious task if these details are hard to find, or titles are long, there are many authors etc. Additionally, this method is prone to human error, i.e. The user may incorrectly copy the name of an author, or the title, thus making the reference inaccurate and invalid


These systems only allow for bibliographic referencing, not in-text referencing. Thus each time the user wishes to reference a quote from an article, they must manually insert the in-text referencing themselves. This can be both time consuming, and is again, prone to human error.


The references are generated one at a time. Thus each time a new reference is

generated, the user must repeat the process from the beginning. Not only is this a time consuming task, but leaves the accuracy of the bibliography prone to error. For many referencing types bibliographies must be ordered alphabetically. Thus each time a new reference is generated, the user must ensure that it in the correct positioning within the bibliography. The more references which added, the more difficult and complex this task becomes.


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2) Integrated bibliography and in-text referencing


Some word processing applications...