Dissertation Writing with Automated Citation and Bibliography Tools: A Case of Post-Graduate Culture Shock

Prof Michael McCrae
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Online technologies for document creation and publishing continue to re-shape the way in which post-graduate candidates manage their dissertation research and writing. In particular, automated referencing and bibliographic programs are now essential tools of dissertation writing that continue to developing in power, flexibility and integration with Word processing programs. But many post-graduate and doctoral candidates arrive unprepared for the culture shock of online, automated referencing and bibliographic tools since their previous under-graduate exposure to citation and bibliographic principles is often solely in a manual context. Automated tools now expose them to a much richer set of citation possibilities, bibliographic organisation and search engine capabilities not possible in manual principles or processes. This paper reports on the experiences of a group of post-graduate students in learning the principles, procedures and capabilities of an on-line, automated referencing and bibliographic tool and proficiency in its use. An analysis of the group's preconceptions, attitudes and responses suggests several factors that influence learning process efficiency.

Keywords: Automated Citation, Dissertation Writing, Online Bibliographic Tools, Post-graduate dissertations, Referencing Tools
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Dissertation Writing with Automated Citation and Bibliography Tools

Prof Michael McCrae

Head of Finance Discipline, School of Accounting and Finance, University of Wollongong

Dr McCrae is Head of the Finance Discipline in the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Wollongong He teaches post-graduate courses in the theory and practice of empirical research design and supervises post-graduate dissertations at Honours, Masters and Doctoral level He has many years experience in delivering seminars and workshops on post-graduate and doctoral research processes and supervision. He also has a cross-appointment to the Faculty of Informatics in the area of post-graduate mathematical finance studies.

Ref: T05P0286