Template:Infobox Website OttoBib.com is a website with a free tool to generate an alphabetized bibliography of books from a list of International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) with output in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian format. Each query also generates a permalink which can be used to recall the bibliography without reentering the ISBN data. The site is a metasearch engine, integrating data from several sources, including the U.S. Library of Congress API, the Amazon.com database of books, and ISBNdb.com. OttoBib accepts both ISBN-10 and ISBN-13
OttoBib.com was started as a hobby project in 2006 by Jonathan Otto, a 4th year undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA. It was originally called "That's Crazy Hot!" but the name was quickly changed to OttoBib because the original title was "not suitable for the academic environment and consequently won't take off."
The original inspiration for the site came from Seth Godin's January 3, 2006 blog post on "Stuck Systems", where he wrote:
"A quick online search didn't turn up what seemed obvious to me: a free service that would allow a writer to type in all the ISBNs used in creating a paper and then generate two things:
- 1. a bibliography based on looking up the data onlline and
- 2. a web page that would allow the reader/teacher to see the books, their covers... etc."
OttoBib.com performs the two basic functions outlined. Marcus P. Zillman, an Internet information retrieval consultant and speaker said "this website is the start of a new paradigm of citing sources." Jason Clarke, a writer and web developer, said OttoBib is a "tool that solves a simple problem in a simple manner."
Patterson, J., (1997). Grand Expectations. Oxford Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press.
See also Edit
- OttoBib.com official site
- Blogdriverswaltz review of Ottobib and Delicious Library by Geoff Harder
- About.com Distance Learning by Jamie Littlefield
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