What is Beyond Citation?

Beyond Citation is a project created in the CUNY Graduate Center’s Digital Praxis Seminar. A team of students at the Graduate Center is developing a website to aggregate bibliographic information about major humanities databases so that scholars can understand the significance of the material they have gleaned. Beyond Citation will help humanities scholars to practice critical thinking about research in databases.

How did you decide which databases to feature?

We wanted to feature a variety of humanities databases and cover titles that are available at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library. Another important consideration was having representation from the big three “e” vendors: EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest. Additionally, we wanted to cover different kinds of content, including historical newspapers, scholarly journals, and historical e-books from both non-profit and for-profit companies. We are eager for feedback from users of these titles, or from any other researchers and librarians who use databases in their research.

Can I contribute to Beyond Citation?

We invite scholars to be a part of Beyond Citation by sharing their experiences working  with academic databases. In fact, for Beyond Citation to have an impact, it is crucial that scholars visit the site, participate in discussions about research in databases and contribute their own information. Please let us know what you think about this idea and what you would like to see covered on the website.

When will the website be ready?

We will be launching an early version of the website in May, 2014.

How can I contact Beyond Citation?

You can follow us on Twitter @beyondcitation or e-mail us at BeyondCitation [at] gmail [dot] com.

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