The Authority File Round-Up: August 2023

Last month's episodes spotlighted referencing tips and a collection of Shakespeare's First Folio.

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APA Style has provided writing and citation tips since the early 20th century, but its area of expertise goes beyond referencing. In our first series, two APA Style experts debunked common myths about the style guide and explained changes to the seventh edition of the Publication Manual. Our guests shared the process of gathering feedback from academic stakeholders and how community suggestions translate into new blog posts and style guide updates. The interviewees also detailed APA Style’s bias-free guidelines and key aspects of accessible design.

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, our second series spotlighted AM’s First Folios Compared. Our guests covered both the editorial and technological sides of the open access project, clarifying how it advances Shakespearean studies by bringing together more than 40 copies of the First Folio. The speakers also dove into the Quartex platform and discussed how features like the comparison tool and full-text search enable researchers to analyze and compare copies.

Here’s a quick round-up of the episodes, in case you missed them. We hope you find the conversations gratifying, engaging, and instructive. Thanks for listening!

APA Style Today

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Our first series brought together Timothy McAdoo and Chelsea Lee of APA Style to discuss the origins of the guide, principles of referencing, and the seventh edition of the Publication Manual. Chelsea and Tim considered how community feedback and frequently asked questions have evolved in recent years, along with how APA Style aims to provide guidance that supports all users. Our guests also offered advice for employing bias-free language and citing unique sources like ChatGPT and TikTok. Brought to you by APA Style.

Listen to episode one: Introductions, Origins, and FAQs
Listen to episode two: The Principles and Myths of Referencing
Listen to episode three: More Than Just References

Listen to episode four: Current Topics and Community Feedback

First Folios Compared

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Our second series looked at AM’s recent open access project, First Folios Compared. Claudine Nightingale, Publisher, and Ana Attrill-Klein, Quartex Product Specialist, both of AM, delved into the metadata behind the collection and the process of recruiting a range of institutions. Claudine and Ana spotlighted several features of the Quartex platform, including how users can compare the Folios’ varying ink colors, annotations, and illustrations. Our guests also shared what’s next for the project and AM’s aim to include more Folios in the collection and higher education and K-12 lesson plans. Brought to you by AM.

Listen to episode one: Introduction to the Guests, Project, and Scope
Listen to episode two: A Closer Look at the Collection and Navigation
Listen to episode three: A Peek at the Tech

Listen to episode four: What’s Next

Missed July’s episodes? We’ve got you covered.

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Our first series featured Naila Keleta-Mae, a multidisciplinary artist and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo. Naila chatted about her recent book, Performing Female Blackness, and bringing creative mediums into academia. Diving into her research in Black theater, performance, and gender, Naila explored the idea of “performance” in public and private spaces and the risks of incorporating personal stories into her academic work. You can listen to the series here.

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In our second series, Ron Williamson, archaeological and cultural heritage consultant and co-editor of The History and Archaeology of the Iroquois du Nord, examined the characteristics and history of a series of 17th-century Haudenosaunee settlements on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The series analyzed diplomatic strategies employed by the Haudenosaunee during the 1600s and insights gleaned from Indigenous art. Ron also provided background on his co-edited title and its goal to inspire future research on the archaeology of the sites. Listen to the first episode here.

What’s Coming Up in September

This series digs into the curation and development of the Global Environmental Justice (GEJ) Documentaries project, which aims to demonstrate the educational possibilities of film by offering a curated selection of documentaries and teacher’s guides on interdisciplinary topics of environmental justice. Our guests, two professors and a filmmaker who developed the project, discuss how GEJ documentaries are incorporated into curricula and the value of bringing documentary films into the classroom. You can listen to the first episode here.

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