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:

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