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    360 Search: Export Citations as Generic Type

    • Product: 360 Search

    Why does 360 Search export citations to RefWorks and EndNote as 'generic' type, rather than journal article, book chapter, etc.?

    All of our exported records are tagged as type=generic rather than type=journal or type=book, etc., and that can indeed cause citation data to not populate into the correct fields in RefWorks and EndNote, which prevents them from creating a complete, correctly formatted, bibliographic citation.
    Currently, a very few vendors (about three percent) return a metadata tag in their citations that identifies the source for the citation (i.e., book, journal, etc.). Because that metadata is almost always unavailable, 360 Search tags all citations as "type=generic" by default.
    This limitation is actually what held us back from developing the export function sooner (as well as our competitors in the federated-search market, who also encounter this limitation).
    However, we are actively working on ways to obtain this metadata other than directly from the vendor. This is a long-term project related to the expansion of 360 KB to aquire this metadata through our own data-acquisition efforts. Once we have this capability, when a vendor sends a citation that doesn't contain metadata indicating the type of the source, 360 Search will link back to 360 KB for that data.

    • Date Created: 9-Feb-2014
    • Last Edited Date: 21-Feb-2014
    • Old Article Number: 7440
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