Shirley Meneice
Sat, 15 Nov 2003 20:57:21 PST
I like your annotations, which could be very useful!

Jane McGary wrote:

> I don't really understand the wiki the way Mary Sue and the other 
> managers of it do, but now that I know how to post pictures and edit the 
> genus pages, I guess I could work on a References page too. It would not 
> take as long as uploading pictures does (I live in the country and have 
> a slow phone connection). When you figure out what you want done, tell 
> me about it.
> If we limit the references to books (no journal articles) the size 
> should remain manageable. The basic information needed is author(s) with 
> FULL NAMES, please (not just initials, you scientists), date of 
> publication, and full title (including subtitle). It also helps to have 
> the publisher's name, because some books are published by different 
> presses in different countries (known as copublication; typical example 
> is Timber Press in the USA and Batsford in the UK) and the ISBN number, 
> which is a quick way to order a book. All this information can normally 
> be found on the reverse of the title page.
> Mary Sue's concern  -- " So I'd suggest author and date as Jane 
> initially proposed as a possibility and hope that some of the more 
> prolific writers haven't published a lot in the same year" -- is 
> conventionally addressed by adding letters to the dates, e.g., 1981a, 
> 1981b.
> I think a BRIEF annotation would be helpful with the entries -- no more 
> than one sentence, and perhaps not even a full sentence. Examples: 
> "Standard work on the genus." "Color photos of 500 plants." "In Japanese 
> with English summary and Latin descriptions." "Outdated but 
> interesting." "Riddled with errors, but useful for color photos."
> Jane McGary
> Northwestern Oregon, USA
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