Digital Citation Focus Group

The SECT project held, on the 20th November 2012, a focus group on digital citation in the Humanities. One of the areas of work emerging from SECT has been the problem of inadequate citation in digital humanities research. Researchers often fail to cite or otherwise indicate their use of digital collections like EEBO, and among those who are open about their use of such resources, there is significant variation in practice. Results from the recent SECT-led EEBO-TCP user survey suggest that as many as a third of researchers would cite the original print version of a text only, even if they had in reality accessed that text via EEBO.

The Digital Citation Focus Group, held at Jesus College’s Ship Street Centre, brought together academics, editors, digital project leaders, online and print publishers to discuss the challenges of digital citation and research methodologies in the Humanities. A very stimulating discussion developed and there are plans for a follow-up meeting in the spring. For more information about the focus group or to give your views on this issue, please email:

EEBO-TCP 2012 Conference Proceedings

On the 17th and 18th September 2012, the conference “Revolutionizing Early Modern Studies?”: The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership in 2012 was held in Oxford, co-hosted by SECT. The proceedings from this conference are now available online. As the proceedings illustrate, the conference was a stimulating meeting where work and ideas using EEBO-TCP were shared through a series of excellent papers, posters, and discussion. The event provided a wealth of information for the SECT project. SECT is looking at the impact of the TCP corpus. What do people think of it? How is it being used? What would users like from it in the future? The conference provided an overview of the kind of work being done with the corpus in research and teaching, and gave real insight into the reputation of the TCP in the academic community. Many thanks to all the delegates for sharing their work and their opinions on the TCP collection.