Monday, March 14, 2005

Scholars Note 'Decay' of Citations to Online References

from Chronicle of Higher Ed

    Study finds that 1/3 of the 1,126 web citations examined went to dead or no longer correct links. Yeah, but notice the journals examined: Human Communication Research, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, the Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and New Media & Society. We're not talking JAMA .

    Anyway, isn't there some work on print citations that says almost a half of them have mistakes?

    Wonder what the role of the library is in this? Scholars who link from the URL furnished by their libraries may be using unstable links. What if the link goes through Ingenta or through a database like EBSCO. When they change their servers that could cause problems.

    1 comment:

    esm said...

    ironically the link to the chronicle is malformed resulting in a 404. :-)