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April 20, 2007

CiteBite excitement

Filed under: q.s. quickies — David Giacalone @ 12:46 pm

 Before I stop my frantic weblogging, and head out to a gorgeous spring day, I must tell you about CiteBite (via today’s TVCAlert, pointing to LawLibTech).  Here’s how law librarian Cindy Chick describes Citebite:

  checkedBoxS    You’re heard of deep linking, which is one way of directing someone to a specific page in a web site. But often you want to point to a passage or quotation somewhere on that page. In that case, you need Cite Bite.

It’s very easy to create a Cite Bite page. You don’t have to install anything. Just visit Cite Bite, and cut and paste the URL and quotation into the appropriate boxes; Cite Bite will create a link that you can send on to others.  . . 

The concept is simple and useful. I would imagine that any researcher could use Cite Bite on a daily basis to make it a little easier to deliver just the necessary piece of information.

I hope I don’t go overboard with Citebite.  I’m sure, however, to use it regularly, and I bet a lot of webloggers and just plain folk will, too.  For example, even I have trouble finding passages in my 30-page magnum opus on the Graying of the Bar.  If I want, for example, to direct you (or myself) to the discussion of two important ABA Formal Ethics Opinions featured in the essay, I now can do it with this link created quickly at Citebite.

   Likewise, if I’d like a friend to enjoy a particular haiku by Martin Gottlieb Cohen that is easily lost among the many on its Roadrunner Haiku Journal page, Citebite gives me a deep link that goes right there to the poem.  Similarly, dagosan‘s first poem to win a prize can be located quickly at Roadrunner, by clicking here.


storm windows off:
the old man curses
the noisy neighbors

. . . . . . . by david giacalone, Nisqually Delta Review (Winter-Spring 2006, Errata Page


  1. Wow. An excellent tool for sure. My only concern, as with all things Internet, is the risk that citebite disappears and you lose the link altogether – though I guess you could provide both or insert the real link as the title of the A tag. This would be an excellent technique to implement serverside, however.

    Comment by Demetrio — April 20, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

  2. Such a clever tool is that, one can only conclude that it must have been invented by someone possessing a blanket of body hair much like this:


    Comment by Aurora — April 21, 2007 @ 8:17 am

  3. Hello, Aurora. I should have known you’d be topiarially topical. Your two (Canadian) cents are always welcome by the f/k/a Gang.

    That’s a good point, Demetrio. Of course, if webloggers worried too much about future broken/lost links, we’d be in constant paralysis. To avoid the problem upfront, I guess we can make sure that we cite to both the original, full webpage in question and the CiteBited segment. If CiteBite does bite the dust (or maybe wants to start charging for access), I would use Google’s site-specific search feature to locate the webpage in question. For example, to find the Graying of the Bar piece at f/k/a and the ABA Ethics Opinion discussion, I’d query:

    site:http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/ethicalesq/ “Graying of the Bar” “Formal Ethics Opinion”

    Googling that just now, yielded the one (correct) result. By clicking on the Cache link for the item, I even get the phrase “Formal Ethics Opinion” highlighted for easy location on that very long webpage.

    Comment by David Giacalone — April 21, 2007 @ 9:21 am

  4. Just came across your blog and was curious of your mention of CiteBite so I had to try it for myself. What a wonderful tool. I love the internet!! Thanks for your post.

    Comment by Bob Alsbury — April 23, 2007 @ 12:41 am

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