Correcting a misspelled author name

Recently one of our faculty discovered that her name was misspelled in an article citation in WorldCat.org. The matter was referred to me. It turned out the source of the misspelling was several steps removed from the observed error. So I had to keep on emailing and filling out forms to traverse the path back to its original occurrence.

Journal website -> Gale Cengage -> British Serials Library -> WorldCat

Gale wouldn’t fix the spelling until the journal website’s Table of Contents reflected the correct spelling. The website fixed it. Now we wait for Gale to fix their data and for it be propagated to British Serials Library (British Library’s document delivery service), and from thence to be propagated into WorldCat.

I have no idea how long this will take. The professor was happy that some action was being taken, even if the path was labyrinthine.

Adventures in Bibliographic Instruction

This week I worked with a class of 8 international students who were in a summer start program. The idea was to help with their English and college skills before the regular school year started off. I was helping them do research for their citation assignment and later on, a 7-10 page paper. The general topic was on immigration issues; the students had to

So while the kids were searching Academic Search Complete, I pointed out a few things, such as that if they needed to make their results a little bit more interesting, “spicy” as I put it, use controvers* as an extra keyword, picking up controversy and controversial.

I had picked a random immigration related search term that came up in autocomplete, Then I entered controvers*. Result number 2 or 3:

Smith, Evan & Marinella Marmo. “Uncovering the ‘Virginity Testing’ Controversy in the National Archives: The Intersectionality of Discrimination in British Immigration History.” Gender & History. Apr. 2011, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p.147-165. 19 p.

Abstract: “This article explores the practice of ‘virginity testing’ by British immigration officers in the late 1970s through the internal documents of the Home Office held at the National Archives in London …”

Yes, some South Asian immigrants to the U.K. were subjected to “virginity tests” to ensure they were “legitimate” fiances of male immigrants. British officials occasionally performed “gynecological” examinations to make sure women had intact hymens. In the 1970s. Is this crazy or what?

One student’s response to the title was “That’s pretty spicy!”