EBay, Wikipedia, and the future of the footnote

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EBay, Wikipedia, and the future of the footnote
Authors: Margaret M. Knapp [edit item]
Citation: Theatre History Studies 28 : 36. 2008.
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EBay, Wikipedia, and the future of the footnote is a publication by Margaret M. Knapp.


[edit] Abstract

This essay began as an attempt to explore the disconnect I perceived between the theoretical innovations in historiography that have occurred in theatre scholarship over the past few decades and the traditional scholarly structures in which most of us still deliver that thinking in print or through electronic media. Although most of us have abandoned positivist approaches to researching and writing history in favor of more situated, partial, and contingent strategies, we still employ footnotes and citations, positivist vestiges of an attempt to superimpose on humanistic inquiry the traditional scientific requirements of accuracy and reproducibility. But as I began to think about that conflict between theory and practice in our scholarship, I found I could not ignore the huge impact that the Internet has had, and will increasingly have, on our scholarly research and communication, and so I decided to trouble the issue of scholarly citation further by beginning an investigation of how the Internet can render traditional scholarly usage obsolete. I will briefly survey some of these digital transformations as a means to begin a disciplinary conversation about footnotes and citations in the digital world we now inhabit.

[edit] Research questions

"But as I began to think about that conflict between theory and practice in our scholarship, I found I could not ignore the huge impact that the Internet has had, and will increasingly have, on our scholarly research and communication, and so I decided to trouble the issue of scholarly citation further by beginning an investigation of how the Internet can render traditional scholarly usage obsolete. I will briefly survey some of these digital transformations as a means to begin a disciplinary conversation about footnotes and citations in the digital world we now inhabit."

Research details

Topics: Knowledge source for scholars and librarians [edit item]
Domains: History [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"One suggestion I'd like to put forward is the virtual bookshelf that Kelly mentions in his article. Perhaps we should look upon bibliographies as journeys that have largely virtual destinations. Since sources are increasingly likely to change or disappear entirely, it may be necessary to judge a work's scholarship by the collection amassed electronically on the author's virtual bookshelf. This might include Web sources as they appeared at the particular time when the scholar accessed them; links to scanned books in their entirety; snippets of books, articles, and other items that were of interest to the researcher; annotations and comments found in other scholars' copies; redactions of resource material; and ideas, comments, and questions recorded by the researcher at each point in the research process. This virtual bookshelf could be submitted by doctoral students along with the dissertation itself in whatever form that may take. For scholars seeking to publish their work, the bookshelf could be a Web link provided along with a book or article, or, as we move more extensively into electronic publication, an appendage to the digitized book itself. And perhaps someday we will view the scholar's virtual bookshelf as having its own value as both an indicator of scholarly rigor and a historical document in its own right."

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AbstractThis essay began as an attempt to explore This essay began as an attempt to explore the disconnect I perceived between the theoretical innovations in historiography that have occurred in theatre scholarship over the past few decades and the traditional scholarly structures in which most of us still deliver that thinking in print or through electronic media. Although most of us have abandoned positivist approaches to researching and writing history in favor of more situated, partial, and contingent strategies, we still employ footnotes and citations, positivist vestiges of an attempt to superimpose on humanistic inquiry the traditional scientific requirements of accuracy and reproducibility. But as I began to think about that conflict between theory and practice in our scholarship, I found I could not ignore the huge impact that the Internet has had, and will increasingly have, on our scholarly research and communication, and so I decided to trouble the issue of scholarly citation further by beginning an investigation of how the Internet can render traditional scholarly usage obsolete. I will briefly survey some of these digital transformations as a means to begin a disciplinary conversation about footnotes and citations in the digital world we now inhabit.tions in the digital world we now inhabit.
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ConclusionOne suggestion I'd like to put forward is One suggestion I'd like to put forward is the virtual bookshelf that Kelly mentions in his article. Perhaps we should look upon bibliographies as journeys that have largely virtual destinations. Since sources are increasingly likely to change or disappear entirely, it may be necessary to judge a work's scholarship by the collection amassed electronically on the author's virtual bookshelf. This might include Web sources as they appeared at the particular time when the scholar accessed them; links to scanned books in their entirety; snippets of books, articles, and other items that were of interest to the researcher; annotations and comments found in other scholars' copies; redactions of resource material; and ideas, comments, and questions recorded by the researcher at each point in the research process. This virtual bookshelf could be submitted by doctoral students along with the dissertation itself in whatever form that may take. For scholars seeking to publish their work, the bookshelf could be a Web link provided along with a book or article, or, as we move more extensively into electronic publication, an appendage to the digitized book itself. And perhaps someday we will view the scholar's virtual bookshelf as having its own value as both an indicator of scholarly rigor and a historical document in its own right.nd a historical document in its own right.
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Has authorMargaret M. Knapp +
Has domainHistory +
Has topicKnowledge source for scholars and librarians +
Pages36 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inTheatre History Studies +
Research designConceptual +
Research questionsBut as I began to think about that conflicBut as I began to think about that conflict between theory and practice in our scholarship, I found I could not ignore the huge impact that the Internet has had, and will increasingly have, on our scholarly research and communication, and so I decided to trouble the issue of scholarly citation further by beginning an investigation of how the Internet can render traditional scholarly usage obsolete. I will briefly survey some of these digital transformations as a means to begin a disciplinary conversation about footnotes and citations in the digital world we now inhabit.tions in the digital world we now inhabit.
Revid10,742 +
TheoriesUndetermined
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TitleEBay, Wikipedia, and the future of the footnote
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Urlhttp://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theatre_history_studies/summary/v028/28.knapp.html +
Volume28 +
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Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
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Year2008 +