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BIS 300: Interdisciplinary Inquiry (Danby): Scholarly communication - Tsing

Intro: Overview of Scholarly Publishing and Communication

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Exercise #2: Citation Analysis – Group Work

Purpose: This exercise provides an opportunity to examine the research methodology, use of evidence and citation style in the Tsing reading. You will be asked to do a close reading of the author’s notes, follow her references back to the original sources, and make comparisons between the course text and sources.

In your group, select one note to examine more carefully. Many of the sources cited in the Tsing reading have been placed on reserve and have been arranged on the front table. Locate the source(s) cited in your note. Examine the texts carefully, comparing the secondary text(s) to your primary text, The Economy of Appearances.  Please let the librarian (Dani) know if you have any questions! In your analysis, please respond to the questions on your handout.

Exercise #1: Tracking Citations from a Text

Purpose: This activity provides an overview of ways to verify the location and availability of resources cited in a text, also referred to as “known citations,” using tools available from the UW Libraries.

Time: Approximately 20 minutes

We will be starting from the Library’s home page:

After following along with the demonstrated searches, your group will use UW Libraries Search to determine whether the sources cited in your section of the Tsing reading are available in the UW Libraries. Verify holdings on at least three titles, and fill them in on your worksheet.

Citations: finding sources referenced in a bibliography

A citation is defined as information that precisely identifies a book, article, website, video/DVD, etc. It typically includes author, title, volume, publication information, page numbers, and sometimes an abstract. Other information such as subject headings or index terms may also be included in a citation. Scholars cite sources in their work so others may verify their work, build on it, or examine their subject matter in more depth.

Before using the tools listed below to locate cited books and articles, look at the footnote or citation itself to determine whether you need to search for a book or journal (examples of each are provided below).

BOOKS cited

Example of book citation: Yanagisako, Sylvia. 2002. Producing culture and capital: family firms in Italy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Press.

  • Look for cited book titles and cited book authors in UW Libraries Search. Search for the title or author listed in the footnote or bibliography.
  • If the UW Libraries does not have a copy of a title, Summit might. Summit holdings are usually listed in the section under the UW Holdings. Summit is a consortium of academic libraries throughout Washington and Oregon. The UW catalog contains about 7 million items, but if you expand your search to all the libraries in Summit, you have access to about 30 million items. If an item is held by Sumit, you'll usually see the blue button that says "Request Item, ~5 days."


Example of a journal article citation: Sirait, Mertua, Sukirno Prasodjo, Nancy Podger, Alex Flavelle, and Jefferson Fox. 1994. Mapping customary land in East Kalimantan, Indonesia: A tool for forest management. Ambio 23 (7):411-17.

  • Look for cited journal articles in UW Libraries Search. If you don't find the article by its title, try searching for the journal title (not the article title) to see if the years of print and electronic coverage for the journal the article came from.
  • If the articles you need are not available at the Campus Library, you can request copies through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). You should receive them 3-5 days later, via e-mail. There is NO CHARGE for this service for course-related research! Please make sure to select an option that indicates "free."