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Putting the references list in order is the bane of researchers and essay writers since there are always some last-minute additions, rearrangements, and unattributed quotes for which you must add sources. Luckily, the hectic final dash towards the submission deadline can be made a bit easier with this alphabetizer list ordering tool. As simple as it is, it has a gazillion of possible uses. Let’s explore together!
Of course, when your assignment says to present your sources in alphabetical order, it’s a no-brainer you need an alphabetizer to make a neatly numbered list with just a click of a button. This may be useful for your essay references to ensure the formatting follows the APA guidelines. However, this is not the only way to use this tool!
Apply alphabetizer to the library’s to-borrow list to make your catalog searches more systemic and effective. Alphabetize your study group list to distribute work and assign tasks. In fact, any list can benefit from being alphabetized: from grocery shopping to wishlist to playlist!
Extract only last names from your list with the “Alphabetize by Last Name” option to analyze how many books by each author you’ve used or which author is the most cited in all your works (you might want to compile a master list first by copying references from all of your papers for this semester, for a particular subject, etc.)
Find out which words appear most often at the start of the paragraph/sentences or overall in your text by making your entire essay into an alphabetical list. This can provide valuable insight into your style and open your eyes to some linguistic preferences you never knew you had or issues you might want to address.
Randomize the list to get a random answer if you cannot decide which topic will work the best for your essay, or you need to get a winner for the dorm raffle you’ve organized. Random order can be your coin toss, magic 8 ball, and runic oracle all in one – depending on your input.
The alphabetizer tool is intuitive, and you can figure it out without detailed instructions. Still, here is the general idea of how it works:
Here are some tips to help you avoid frustrating mishaps when the alphabetizer doesn’t seem to do what you expect it to do:
If your list is already numbered, you need to remove the numbers before you can alphabetize it. The alphabetizer sees numbers as legitimate symbols and uses them to guide the ordering process. If you try to alphabetize a numbered list, nothing will happen since the numbers are already in the correct order. You can randomize such a list or reverse its order as usual, even without removing the numbers.
Your list must be consistently formatted, with each item on your list separated from other components by the same separator (a space, a period, a comma, a dash, etc.) If some elements are separated in a different way from other elements on the list, the alphabetizer will see them as one entry.
If you want to alphabetize the entire text, you will need to clear the formatting from it, otherwise, the alphabetizer will order it by paragraphs. To remove formatting, you might want to run your text through a program like Notepad or Excel and copy the result from there.
If something doesn’t work, look for the answer here:
If you are unhappy with the result or have clicked the wrong button by mistake, you can undo the last action by clicking the circle arrow icon in the bottom right corner of the alphabetizer window. To clear the window and start afresh, click the trashcan icon in the bottom right corner. This will delete all content from the alphabetizer window.
You can. The tool works for every alphabet available in Unicode and will order the content you insert according to the alphabetical order used in the standard Unicode. However, it will order the content by the standard version first, and only then will it include language-specific letters, symbols with diacritics, etc. For example, if you order French content, you will get the list ranked from A to Z, and after will go the words that start with special symbols like à, â, è, é, ê, î, etc.
It can. If you insert a text containing several different languages that use varying scripts, the alphabetizer will order your content following the standard Unicode alphabet order: Latin -> Greek -> Cyrillic -> Hebrew -> Arabic -> etc. Within each alphabet, it will prioritize capital letters.
It cannot. As an automatic tool intended primarily for bibliographies, it interprets the first word of each entry as a “last name.” For example, if you try to “Alphabetize by Last Name” a larger text, such as an essay, you will get the list of the first words of each paragraph, which can be used for textual analysis, for example.
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