Reference Manager

When you write a book, often times you need to add extra commentary or provide citation information in footnotes. Especially when you are working on an academic paper, maintaining all of your references can be an arduous chore and often requires another tool such as spreadsheet or a dedicated application[1]

Lacuna Books' Book Editor facilitates this process with its built-in reference manager and citation tool. As with asset files, the idea is to create your own database of references, update its meta data in one spot, and simply link to them from your text. When your pages are rendered, Lacuna Books looks up appropriate references, generates footnotes content, and creates the bibliography automatically.

Reference Manager

The Reference Manager is designed for quick data entry, yet allows comprehensive set of reference data. Also, because it is built right into the Book Editor, you can easily create new references while writing. Right above the Content Editor, locate the References button. You can turn this on to use the reference manager and off to come back to writing. While you're in the reference manager, this button stays blue.

reference-manager.jpgFigure 4-9 Click _References_ button to use the reference manager.

Create a new reference

To create a new reference, use the form provided in the first row. The Title field is the only required field— once it is created you can add more details such as edition, page numbers, or URL. The table is sorted by created date (the most recent entry on top), and you can easily sort and filter based on title, authors, publisher, and published year. For writing author's name, refer to the Section "Entering Author Name".

reference-manager-table.pngFigure 4-10 References are listed in a table for quick entry, sorting, and filtering.


Let's look at some of examples to see how Lacuna Books handles various reference types.

Books
One author

Typically the five fields in the table should be sufficient. If you need to add edition or volume, use the Detail link to update more detail.

reference-book.jpgFigure 4-11 A book with single author.

Two or more authors (or editors)

Use the detail panel to assign roles to the contributors. 

reference-book-multiple-authors.jpgFigure 4-12 A book with an author and two editors.

Part of a book

When referencing a chapter, foreword, or any part of a book, set the reference type to Part of a book. Enter title of the chapter in the title field and its book title in the book title field. 

reference-part-of-book.jpgFigure 4-13 Part of a book with book title and authors in separate fields.

Journal articles

For an article, change the reference type to Article, and enter name of the journal the article is published on, its date, and page numbers.

reference-article.jpgFigure 4-14 Journal article.

Web resource

For a web resource such as blog article, web page, or electronic magazine article, enter its URL and record revision date (if available) and accessed date.

reference-web-resource.pngFigure 4-15 Web resource needs URL, accessed date, and revision date if available.


  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_management_software