“I made the duck blue because I’d never seen a blue duck before and I wanted to see one.”

I finished my undergraduate degree back in 2004. Admittedly, I wasn’t the best student, but that was okay because I had no intention of going to grad school. I thought I would never write another boring research paper in my life, so I wasn’t really paying all that much attention to things like bibliographies or journal databases.

So I must have somehow missed the technological developments that allow programs like EndNote or RefWorks to format bibliographies automagically.

We had our library training session today, and every database we searched had the option to export all the bibliographic information into EndNotes or RefWorks. Project MUSE, which I vividly remember using as an undergrad, even has a feature that just spits out a Works Cited page, fully formed.

Has it always been this way? I feel like I spent my college years chiseling WORKS CITED into stone when all along there existed software that would have done it for me. Or am I so old that things really have changed that much?