What is Beyond Citation?

Beyond Citation was created by a team of students in the CUNY Graduate Center’s Digital Praxis Seminar. Beyond Citation is a beta version of a website to gather information about major humanities databases so that scholars can understand the significance of the material they have gleaned. The goal of Beyond Citation is to help humanities scholars to practice critical thinking about research in academic databases.

How did you decide which databases to feature?

We wanted to feature a variety of humanities databases that are available at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library. Another important consideration was having representation from the big three “e” vendors: EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest. Additionally, we wanted to cover different kinds of content, including historical newspapers, scholarly journals, and historical e-books from both non-profit and for-profit companies. We are eager for feedback from users of these titles, or from any other researchers and librarians who use databases.

Where can I access these databases?

Except for Google Books and HathiTrust, most of the databases featured on Beyond Citation are accessible by subscription only, generally through an institution such as a university or library. Clicking on the Access tab in the database page leads to information about how to access the databases through other means such as Interlibrary Loan.

Will you be adding more databases?

That’s the goal. We limited the number of databases for the beta version with the hopes of adding more later. Please let us know if you have suggestions for version 2.0 of the site.

What kind of information are you gathering about each resource?

Our goal was to gather the information that we thought would be most helpful to scholars. That includes dates and geographic regions covered in each database, links to title lists, publisher customer support numbers, information as to where one can access the database, terms and conditions that may affect interlibrary loans, and links to articles and commentary about the database from scholars. We’re still in beta mode, so any feedback is appreciated.

Can I contribute to Beyond Citation?

We invite scholars to be a part of Beyond Citation by sharing their experiences working  with academic databases. To contribute to Beyond Citation, you can:

  • Propose an article or blog post that you would like to write.
  • Offer to write an entire entry for a new database.

For Beyond Citation to have an impact, it is crucial that scholars visit the site, participate in discussions about research in databases and contribute their own information in the community forum. Please let us know what you think about the website and what you would like to see covered.

How can I contact Beyond Citation?

You can follow us on Twitter @beyondcitation or e-mail us at BeyondCitation [at] gmail [dot] com.