Monday, 4 February 2008

A peek into an author's use of resources...

From the Distant Librarian (Thursday, January 31, 2008): Innovation in a book about Innovation.

Apparently "The myths of innovation" by Scott Berkun organizes its bibliography in ranked order by how much it was used in the making of the book. Very cool. I've always thought that bibliographies should include much more information than they do such as amount of usage in the work (such as above), how much of the referenced work applies to the work doing the referencing, or how representative the pieces used are of the work they are taken from. There's probably a wealth of data waiting to be unlocked from the writer's writing, researching and thinking processes if only they would spill it out on the page or if we had some sort of tracking method. Perhaps the increased use of citation management software (e.g. Refworks, Reference Manager, etc.) will help this along.

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