Build Citations Directly from Google Scholar

A few years ago, I took two quick polls. First, I asked the 50+ students in our preservice teacher program how many had used Google Scholar: 50 of 52. About a week later, I asked a group of librarians, and the statistics were almost a complete reverse: only a handful of the group had used it. Wow – that’s some disconnect, eh?

In the past couple of weeks, Google Scholar has added an auto-citation feature into its search results. Check out the link below or the original post on the Google Scholar blog.

http://googlescholar.blogspot.com/2012/10/cite-from-search-results.html

Cite from search results – Google Scholar Blog via kwout

One of my favorite parts of the post is the closing statement by software engineer James Connor:

We hope that simplifying the chore of citation formatting will let you focus on what you really want to be working on: writing a great paper!

It’s a good reminder to keep the focus on why we cite, not the mechanics.

Thoughts?

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