ERIC Number: EJ885383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
Citation Help in Databases: Helpful or Harmful?
Kessler, Jane; Van Ullen, Mary K.
Public Services Quarterly, v2 n1 p21-42 2006
A review of the help files in several major databases revealed that database vendors have begun including information on citing sources, which has the potential to be very useful to students. Surprisingly, 94% of the citation examples in the databases reviewed had errors. The average number of errors per example was 4.3. The citation help appears to have been put together quickly, with little thought and no proofreading. Librarians must insist that vendors correct or remove this information. (Contains 11 figures.)
Descriptors: Databases, Vendors, Librarians, Error Patterns, Citation Analysis, Plagiarism, Beliefs, Research Methodology, College Students, Information Seeking, Information Technology, Secondary Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A