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.
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.