The myth of half right reference


It has been said and re-said that reference librarians only answer roughly 50% of reference questions correctly. But while this statistic is passed around as fact - where does it come from? In this paper, I track down the elusive citation using backwards chaining, citation analysis, and historical tracing. And then, I will re-examine the study that appeared to start it all through a modern lens, ultimately suggesting that we abandon the idea of half right reference once and for all.

Jun 9, 2022 11:00 am — 12:00 pm