ERIC Number: ED223251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Bibliographic Citations and U.S. Government Publications: A Conceptual Analysis and Comparison of Style Manuals.
Basefsky, Stuart Mark
The author presents a conceptual analysis of the role of bibliographic citations in the control and retrieval of U.S. government publications, and a factual examination of citation forms for government documents as prescribed by eight major style manuals. A discussion of the general purpose of bibliographic citations and the relationship between their style and content, with content defined as the information needed to identify, distinguish, and locate documents, precedes comparisons between style manuals on the basis of their general statements on citation content and their specific directions for citation of government documents. Four inadequacies of citation formats for government documents as recommended by style manuals are identified, including their emphasis on style rather than adequate location content, their neglect of information referring to abstracting and indexing tools for the retrieval of government documents, their disregard of new document formats such as microforms and online database records, and their omission of information leading to unpublished or difficult-to-retrieve material. Further deficiencies of style manuals are reviewed and a statement of citation content for government documents emphasizing ease of location is suggested. An appendix provides specific citation examples for a congressional committee print and a bill. A nine-item bibliography concludes the publication. (ESR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Document Location; Style Manuals; Unpublished Materials
Note: M.L.S. Thesis, University of North Carolina. Appendix p.1a and 1b will not reproduce.