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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.[1] 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

Background Edit

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[2]. 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."[3]

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."[4]

FunctionalityEdit

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."[5] Jason Clarke, a writer and web developer, said OttoBib is a "tool that solves a simple problem in a simple manner."[6]

DevelopmentsEdit

In January 2007, OttoBib introduced a REST interface to allow a citation to be generated from a URL that contains the ISBN. For example, ISBN 0195117972 can be used in the URL:

http://ottobib.com/isbn/0195117972/apa

to display

Patterson, J., (1997). Grand Expectations. Oxford Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press.

In February 2007, OttoBib introduced the ability to request citations in BibTeX and Wikipedia Template:Tl formats.[7]

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