It's 2017, so all of us engaged in academic research should all be using a reference manager. Seriously, if you're not, go look into Endnote (which is probably available on your campus PCs), Mendeley or Zotero. They do take a bit of management, and the garbage in, garbage out principle abides, but they are indispensable. Add a reference from the web to your database: one click. Make a reference: couple of clicks. Find out the journal wants all your inline citations as footnotes: two clicks. Create your bibliography: one click.
But if you are interested in any pre-modern texts you are going to run into a problem. Although you'll want to reference your secondary sources as normal, your primary sources require very different and specific referencing styles, some of which have been developed over the centuries. These are typically in the fashion of author>work>book>passage because the citation needs to work regardless of which language, translation, edit…
I'm organising what I hope should be an incredibly exciting panel at the next Celtic Classics Conference next summer. The conference website http://www.celticconferenceclassics.com/ looks brilliant, but at the time of writing doesn't yet have the calls for papers up, so here's mine.
We've got a couple of excellent speakers in the pipeline, but plenty of room. I'm looking for quite a broad cross section of speakers on the theme, not just restricted to Roman studies, nor to speakers from the nominally 'Celtic' nations!
Share, and get back to me with those abstract proposals!
Update: The call for paper is now live. However, I am now able to reveal our confirmed speakers but cannot alter the official site directly, so the below is an updated version!
The worthy people at Classics for All have been kind enough to publish my another book review from me (also free book yay!). I say worthy, because as well as offering free, open access book reviews aimed at both specialists and general readers, they do an awful lot to promote and fund Classics and Ancient History education in UK state schools.