Citation Guidelines for Audiovisual Materials

The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) recently released a set of guidelines for citing audiovisual materials. The goal of the BUFVC Guidelines for Referencing Moving Image and Sound is to:

… Establish an authoritative and accessible set of guidelines that is applicable to a wide range of different users across all disciplines. Covering film, television programmes, radio programmes, audio recordings, DVD extras, clips, trailers, adverts, idents, non-broadcast, amateur and archive materials, podcasts, vodcasts and games, it also includes style guidance on citations in reference lists and in-text citation.

Since there aren’t really any uniform expectations for how AV materials should be cited in academic writing, this guide provides good examples of a wide variety of instances of AV materials you might encounter in your research, including how to cite digitized AV material.

For more information, see the BUFVC press release or view/download a PDF of the guidelines.

And as always, if the VRC can help with your research (and citation) questions, please contact us!


Using Pinterest to Organize Research

An array of paintings that have been pinned by users on Pinterest.

Pinterest isn’t just for bookmarking your home decorating inspirations and favorite recipes. It’s an online “pinboard” that allows users to organize and share images, video, and other web-based information, and could be used as an organizational tool for research.

How it works: once you’ve requested and signed up for an account, you can create various boards for organizing your pins. Boards act a bit like folders, because they keep images and sites together. Boards could be based on themes, research interests, current projects, and so on.

Once you’ve created a board or two, start pinning! Make sure to include the link to the original source, both for your own reference and for copyright reasons. Keep in mind that all boards on Pinterest are currently public. See Pinterest’s copyright page for more information.

While Pinterest is great for visually organizing web-based research and fostering ideas, it does not automatically capture sufficient citation information and should be used in conjunction with a robust citation management tool like Zotero. For more information about citation management tools, visit Regenstein’s Endnote, Zotero, and RefWorks spring quarter office hours on Mondays at 3pm at the TECHB@R.

Citation Management Consultation

TECHB@R at Regenstein - Photo by Quinn Dombrowski
Do you need assistance with EndNote, Zotero, or RefWorks? Or would you like to learn more about how these citation managers can help make your research and writing process easier? Visit the TECHB@R during office hours for tips and advice on using EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero. No appointment is necessary.

Spring office hours for citation management software at the Tech B@r will be from 3-5pm on Mondays (not available on April 9th). The TECHB@R is located on the first floor of the Regenstein Library (to the left of the reference desk, near the stairs). Additional technology training will be available throughout the quarter at the TECHB@R; watch the library’s event calendar for more details.

Manage Citations and More with Zotero

Zotero is a comprehensive citation manager for Firefox, designed to facilitate research and aid in the creation of bibliographies. It can also go beyond managing citations to help you organize all different kinds of information found on the Internet. Check out this easy-to-follow overview of Zotero from Lifehacker, and keep an eye out for training sessions offered by the University of Chicago Library by subscribing to their workshops and events calendar. There is a Zotero training session today from 2-3:30pm at Regenstein Library, Room 127.