On Citations in Scholarly Publications

I’m working on a gargantuan 900 page book on cd and part of that project strikes me as being particularly useful to the non-librarian, occassional researcher out there.

Often times people cite the references crucial to the formulation of their published knowledge. As a researcher it would sometimes be nice to be able to actually follow up on those references and trackback through the knowledge gathering chain of events for a tighter view of the topic.

The tool I’m using for the compilation of this CD is CrossRef’s DOI Free Text Query. Basically you supply them a well-formed reference (they have an example) and they’ll shoot you back the Digital Object Identifier (a url that resolves to the last known web address of the paper you’re interested in).

Sure, you could use Google Scholar or Connotea. But, while you’re assembling useful tools make sure you bookmark CrossRef’s address from above. I think you’ll find it a nice compliment to your research tools.

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