Sakai Conference: Citation Helper Tool

Susan Hollar, U Michigan

New features in Sakai release 2.5.

The tool enables users to search & retrieve citations and make stable URLs to content within Sakai. Uses library metasearch, Google Scholar, and/or manual adding and importing of citations. Embedded within Resources tool.

Demo: (Michigan Ctools instance)

To use:  Within resources, go to Add –> Citation List. Search Library Resources, Google Scholar, etc.  Create new citation, import citation from Refworks or Endnote.

Metasearch categories: by discipline, with databases within them listed below. Database has drop-down (JS toggle?) description of database. User can select or deselect included databases as preferred.  MetaLib limits to 8 databases in a category.

Add citations by clicking “Add” button beside them. Can also see additional metadata below the citation using JS toggle. When you have your citation list, go to “Edit Citation List.” Can add more, for instance from Google Scholar or personal collection.

Opening Google Scholar through Sakai:  can work with link resolver and can display “Import into bSpace” button below the citation.

Clicking a title in the citation list takes you to link resolver (I.e. SFX, UC e-links @ UCB) to try to get the article from a library source. In release 2.5, can also add redundant link to UC e-links below, and make the title link go elsewhere.

Can edit individual citations to add notes, make changes, add more information. Can add a new URL as title link at the bottom of this form. Can export citation list to Refworks or Endnote. In 2.5, can sort by author/title/published year. Give title to citation list, publish it.

Students get read-only view. Don’t support collaborative creation of reading lists with students, but considering this.

New in 2.5: integration of the Editor into other tools. In WYSIWIG editor (i.e., for announcements, etc.) book icon appears, leading to the Citation Helper metasearch. Adds citations to published item in bSpace.

Q: Can a single list be shared across multiple sections of a group, and kept live & updated easily? Or would you have to publish & import it into each section? A:  The latter. Although SRG project will approach this.

Q: Can pass through to asset without authentication stop? A:  Depends on vendors–they allow to drill to different levels of the data. Lots of work for libraries to hook up to complicated landscape of multiple vendors with different standards compliance.

Q: Is main purpose to create storage for citations, or one-stop shopping, or…? How does this compare to RefWorks? Why would I want to implement this rather than existing library resouces? A:  Some folks don’t have RW. Also trying to get content as close to the course as possible. Want to draw resources into LMS, not drive users out to third-party resource, then pull them back in.

Q: Can we control what format the citation comes back in? I.e., not the full citation but just the URL or the linked title, for pasting into text we’re currently typing. A:  Haven’t supported this–debated what should be pasted in. Went with most complete citation, and users can delete all the rest of the citation if they just want the hyperlinked title.

Q: How long can the citations persist? A:  They’re resources that can be moved, arranged, republished, etc. like any other resource in Sakai.

Q: What about grey literature/unpublished/ad hoc readings? A:  Touches on e-reserves topic. Can create citation with URL for local web-accessible documents, or for resources already within Sakai.


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  2. […] hoping to emulate the existing functionality the Citation Helper has for Google Scholar (described in this blog post). This adds an extra button to search results in Google Scholar to import the reference into a […]

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