Location Numbers in Research?
Following a blog post last week on using Kindle in teaching, I asked: "do you think location numbers (rather than page numbers) are an adequate form of citation?" I received many responses...
- Many of the responses reminded us that the purpose of citations is to help the reader. Location numbers can provide the reader with adequate information if used correctly.
- — Steven Garvey (@pinetopper)Wed, Nov 28 2012 07:26:08@thisisallan remember the goal is to make it easy for your reader to find the information themselves. Make your citations clear.
- — Alessia Benegiamo (@Alessia_Beneg)Wed, Nov 28 2012 07:24:11@thisisallan Yes!Provided you specify the font size,the resolution and the device. Negative side=the citation becomes much longer.
- — Mo Todd (@ruskeakarhu)Wed, Nov 28 2012 07:24:46@thisisallan It's horses for courses. If the text has page numbers, use them but if locations are all that's available, then yes, use them.
- Others pointed out that there is no clear sense of whether or not location numbers are or will become universal.
- And there is also a sense that it is our duty as writers and academics to keep up with the advances of technology.
- — Sam Knowles (@life_academic)Wed, Nov 28 2012 07:33:26@thisisallan Personally, I don't like it. Generally, though, what with the advent of e-readers,* I think they're increasingly obsolete.
- — Sam Knowles (@life_academic)Wed, Nov 28 2012 07:35:07@thisisallan *My favourite new in-class game is 'let's guess the percentage point of the page I'm talking about, for those on kindles'.
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