Tips for using machine-generated citations:
Vendors of electronic resources that have user tools built into their products to easily create machine-generated citations include some form of a disclaimer with their citations, basically reminding the user that the generated citation is basically a guide. These citation generators utilize a wealth of metadata. While all vendors regularly communicate with publishers of style guides to generate useful citations, it is ultimately the responsibility of the user to compare the machine-generated citation with the latest version of the style guide that they are basing the citation on for the most current formatting conventions. In many cases it is fine as is, but this is another example of helping users to become more digitally literate and not just cutting and pasting information, whether it be a quote or the citation for it.
If you have questions or concerns about a citation in a particular product, the vendors are always happy to address them directly with you. Contact information for statewide vendors is available on our MBLC website 24/7.
This post was written by mheroux on December 23, 2014