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Episode 17 of Bibliotech: Citation and social media

What do Twitter, Tumblr and citations have in common?


Welcome to BiblioTech – the podcast about emerging technologies for academics. Your host is Rochelle Mazar, an emerging technologies librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Every month you can listen in as Rochelle talks about what’s new in technology and what academics should be paying attention to. It’s hard to keep up with all of the new software, tools and gadgets. That’s where Rochelle comes in.

Episode 17 – Citation and social media

In this episode Rochelle looks at what social media can teach us about plagiarism and citation. (Running time: 14:18 mins).



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  1. Tracy Oost / May 8, 2013 at 12:15

    Hi Rochelle, I’ve listened to two of your podcasts now, and I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed them. I’m going to have to make time to listen to the rest. They are very insightful and informative. Thanks for producing them!

  2. Rochelle Mazar / May 8, 2013 at 14:08

    Thanks, Tracy! I’m so glad to hear that!

  3. Dave / May 8, 2013 at 16:17

    I enjoyed Rochelle’s use of re-tweating and re-blogging as appropriate metaphors for teaching about citations and plagiarism to undergrads.

    But perhaps it was done for dramatic effect, but her musing that correctly citing works we encounter through Google Scholar and other databases is ‘machine work’ and that she can envisage one day this being done for us by computer ‘down to the last correctly placed comma’ is right, but so behind the times.

    We have this feature now built into Google Scholar (if you’re a registered user) and also using EndNote and other bibliographic software through Web of Science and similar online academic databases. And bibliographic software – that allows insertion of citations in-text as you assemble your document and correctly places the journal-specific formatted entry into the list of references – have been available since before the internet.

    The hard part is getting students to use these bibliographic software. Perhaps the tumblr metaphor will help!

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