Librarians wish ...
but, while search tools like
Google scholar, Google
books, Web of Science etc.
are getting better
and reference management
tools like EndNote, RefMan,
Zotero, Mendeley etc. help
we’re not there yet.
For names, at least, tools appeared
I . P . N . I
So why aren’t we there yet?
Citation formats and standards:
Journals are comparatively easy, but
proceedings, reports, yearbooks, books etc.
make it harder to standardise.
Old literature is intrinsically more difficult.
No standard way to handle initials;
forenames; translitorated names; national and
cultural conventions; prefixes and suffixes
(e.g. von, van, de, ap, etc.)
Generate marked-up text
Get full text access
Add metadata to help searching
De-duplicate & standardise bibliography
Harvest and aggregate bibliographies
The aim is not to let your computer read for you,
but to help you choose the most appropriate article to read.