Citing the series

Image from freeimages.co.uk A few weeks ago I shared my anime adventure with Rose of Versailles.  Since the show (Dezaki et al., 2013) had numerous credits, I adapted standard APA reference format to cite it.  This practice brought home two points about citations. First of all real-life sources are often messier than are the examples Read More…

A solid foundation

Image from http://support.refworkscos.com In the past I would mention citation managers later in the semester.  Now I think we should introduce them early. To define what a citation manager is,  I’ll describe what it does.  Specific details vary, but most citation managers work in four basic steps: Creating an account Populating the account with citations Read More…

End-of-semester citation thoughts

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ As online information becomes more abundant, it has also become more complex.  Manjoo (2010), for example, discusses how blogs and web magazines have grown to resemble each other.  Many resources don’t perfectly fit the garden-variety examples in style manuals.  Then how do we foster the skills for citing these sources properly? I Read More…

Zotero: Sharing the basics

For the past three weeks I have been taking a course on the citation manager Zotero.  Though I can’t cover all of its features in a single blog post–or even a series of posts, I can at least highlight the basics. Zotero is a Firefox add-on: in other words it only works with the Firefox Read More…

Correction and thanks

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ Last week I had mentioned that I would double-check my judgments on citing the Flickr photo.  The APA style experts did correct me on one detail, and I have edited the citation accordingly.  Now last week’s post reflects the corrections.  The strikethrough shows the material that should be omitted.   The corrected citation Read More…

Citation tool as learning tool

Photo by Ellenm1, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license 2.0 In his upcoming book about the citation manager Zotero Jason Puckett describes attitudes toward such tools.  Some people might think that students will not learn about citation styles because the citation manager does all of the work for them.  Actually citation managers can provide Read More…