Why Bibliography?

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identities, and the Law: A Research Bibliography, 2006-2016 (Hein, 2018)

6 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2018

See all articles by James M. Donovan

James M. Donovan

University of Kentucky College of Law Library

Date Written: November 9, 2018

Abstract

The occasion of the new edition of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identities, and the Law: A Research Bibliography, perhaps leads some to ask, Why bibliography? In these days of instant and abundant results from keyword searches on increasingly intelligent computer tools, isn’t the print bibliography quaintly old-fashioned?

No. No moreso than keyword searching has eliminated the need for the index even in digital books. But these are days when we often must defend the necessity of libraries against the argument that everything is free and on the Internet. Perhaps it should come as little surprise that we must likewise justify, or at least remind ourselves of, the importance of the bibliography. We can then go further and trumpet the value of this bibliography in particular.

Keywords: Bibliography, Libraries, Research

Suggested Citation

Donovan, James M., Why Bibliography? (November 9, 2018). Sexual Orientation, Gender Identities, and the Law: A Research Bibliography, 2006-2016 (Hein, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3281980

James M. Donovan (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky College of Law Library ( email )

620 S. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0048
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
12
Abstract Views
21
PlumX Metrics