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Questions to Address

  1. What should a citation consist of?
  2. How can we best support appropriate citations?
  3. To what extent do common citation formats support this?
  4. What are the limitations of current digital library software systems, for displaying citation information?
  5. What are best practices for displaying citation information for reference manager software capture?

We have formed a working group on these issues, that we hope will have progress to share at the next DLF Forum!

Elizabeth Kelly has worked hard to develop proposed best practices for citing digitized special collections materials and institutional repository content in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

Please review her proposal and comment:


Comments and feedback are requested until April 24th. Thank you (and Elizabeth!) for helping us build best practices for assessment in digital libraries! --- If you are interested in helping us develop best practices and guidelines for measuring benefits of digital libraries, please join our Digital Library Assessment Google Group and speak up!  :-)

Reference resources:

  1. ANSI/NISO Standard Z39.29-2005 (R2010) Bibliographic References
  2. The California Digital Library's Datapub blog has a good summary of data citation basics, which document "core" and "recommended" components of dataset citations.
  3. Spiro, Lisa, and Jane Segal. “The Impact of Digital Resources on Humanities Research.” — Fondren Library, Rice University., n.d. Web. 2 July 2014. [2]
  4. Eccles, Kathryn E., Mike Thelwall, and Eric T. Meyer. “Measuring the Web Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources.” Journal of Documentation 68.4 (2012): 512–526. ProQuest. Web. 3 July 2014. [3]
  5. Kelly, Elizabeth. A guide for students on citing digitized special collection materials using Chicago, MLA, and APA citation styles [4]