Bibliography Software for OS 10.7.4

I admit it. I’m a huge fan of the Chicago Manual of Style. I started paying attention with CMS 14 and have bought successive editions through CMS 16. In my field most things need to conform to CMS 15 or 16.

So, bibliography software is very useful. I’ve been a user of Bookends for several years. Recently however, with the most recent update, they seem to have taken away the ability to paste into the footnotes a properly formatted footnote.

Here’s my note to the software developer:


I was just trying to use the latest update of Bookends (11.3.2) and I can’t see any longer how to copy and paste a Chicago 15 footnote. It pastes a footnote, but it doesn’t follow CMS. I have CMS 16 in front of me, but I don’t think it changed in this regard. On page 662, section 14.18 it shows the following:

1. Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin, 2006), 99-100.

when I use the copy formatted footnote function in Bookends 11.3.2 I get:

1. Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.

The output doesn’t follow CMS.

What happened?

Can anyone help? I downloaded the test version of Sente but it seems to do the same. Is there a conspiracy against CMS 15-16 or is there something else going on? It can’t be that I’m wrong, can it?


  1. Follow up. Turns out that the updated version of Bookends has automated what I used to do manually. Just in case there are others like me who are behind the times. The key is to use the control Y function to paste the code from the entry into the footnote. When you’ve made all your footnote entries, use the scan function under the biblio menu and it automatically turns them all into footnotes.

  2. I just wanted to mention endnote. When I was writing and needed to do my accordance references and footnotes managed I used endnote. I see they have kept it updated to version 6.5.

  3. Glad to see that Turabian is still around. It has saved many people from having to use the Chicago Manual of Style, which has been widely suspected of causing mental illness among writers…

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