ALIA National 2014 Conference, 15-19 September 2014 Melbourne : together we are stronger
This conference presentation examines an investigation of citation management practices of researchers in the Arts Faculty of a Victorian university using a questionnaire and open-ended interviewing.
Early findings indicate that there is little uniformity of practices or software use but rather a diverse range of personal approaches to managing citations. Reasons for using or not using software and the ways in which software is used are varied. Citation management practices appear to be influenced significantly by the type of work being done and/or the subject area and to be part of larger disciplinary practices and approaches to research. Not all researchers were entirely satisfied with their citation management systems but were reluctant to move from one system to another as it would be time-consuming. Additionally, many researchers were unaware of the full capability of citation management software.