Beyond Citation – Critical Thinking About Digital Research

BEYOND CITATION

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

www.beyondcitation.org

Researchers, students, and instructors use academic databases to find scholarship on topics of interest. Yet it is difficult to get information about how these databases work and what materials are included in – or left out of – them. In response to this challenge, a group of students in a Digital Praxis Seminar at the City University of New York (CUNY) created Beyond Citation, a website dedicated to providing the public with information and analysis about major academic search engines. As of this writing, Beyond Citation features explorations of thirteen major databases, including Google Books, Project MUSE, HathiTrust Digital Library, JSTOR, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Each database record includes an Overview outlining what the database contains, available Reviews of each database, and information about Access. In addition, readers will also find a useful Conversations feature, which offers links to outside analysis and criticism about the selected database. Beyond Citation not only helps researchers critically evaluate databases, but also teaches researchers how to use these databases most effectively. [MMB]

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The program, expected to launch in the spring, is called VetLex, report Bloomberg Big Law Business, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Daily Business Review (sub. req.). Working with the ABA, local bar associations and law schools, the firm hopes to recruit, train and certify lawyers to participate.

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Stephen P. Gallagher has a master of science degree in organizational development and is a lawyer transition coach at his consulting firm, LeadershipCoach.us. Previously, he was director of law office economics and management–one of the first bar association PMA positions–at the New York State Bar Association. He also maintains a Facebook page on the topic of lawyers in transition. Gallagher wishes to thank solo lawyer and friend Leonard E. Sienko Jr. for reading a draft of this article and sharing his own insights.

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Editor’s Note:  I was honored to be asked to read and comment on Steve Gallagher’s latest article on change and transition for lawyers as published in “ABA Bar Leader”.

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Steve Gallagher:

With so many long-time executive directors retiring, I thought this might be a good time to talk about life’s transitions–letting go of the way things used to be and then taking hold of the way they subsequently become.

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Contact: IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting – U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)

Report Phishing and Online Scams

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message or social media to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

Report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov. If you or a client has experienced a monetary loss because of an IRS-related incident, report it to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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