Steven F. Freeman

page created: 01/15/2012
page last modified: 02/12/2012

Benefits of a Bibliographic Database

• Comprehensive search using up to 31 bibliographic fields including abstract, contents, key words and even notes
Create reference lists, annotated bibliographies, syllabi, etc. using key words or criteria from other fields
Link citations and references, eliminating the need to:
  ‐ separately add citations and references
  ‐ repeatedly check references to citations:
Cite as you write: Insert citations into a document as you write and automatically generate bibliographies:
Automated style:
  ‐ generate citations, notes and references in the desired publication style- e.g., APA
  ‐ regenerate citations, notes and references in a different style- so as to more easily enable submitting a paper to a new journal or different type of forum
Number and order references automatically
Import references from online databases

Employee Ownership Comprehensive Bibliographies and Database Update Project

Part II: A Bibliographic Database for Employee Ownership Research

A bibliographic database is an organized digital collection of references for use by researchers and others who need to do comprehensive searches, and properly cite and reference their work. Good bibliographic database records contain rich subject descriptions in the form of keywords, subject classification terms and abstracts.

Project Motivation: Scholars from many disciplines provide a wealth of diverse perspectives and research on employee ownership and other forms of shared capitalism. The lack of a well-institutionalized curriculum and established bibliography, however, can be an obstacle for those interested in getting the big picture or generally learning more. To provide access to the full range of literature, The The Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED) had previously established a database for teaching materials, but we recognized that a complementary research database could facilitate employee ownership scholarship and publication (see box at right for a list of benefits of a good bibliographic database provides).

Project Goal: Establish a bibliographic database of core employee ownership research and scholarship to facilitate researchers, who wish to do comprehensive searches of employee-ownership scholarship, and to facilitate their ability to properly cite and reference their work..

The FED Bibliographic Database: click here for Endnote Library file, click here for comma delineated text

A bibliographic database could be created and maintained using any of a dozen or so reference management software programs. Here are some sources which can help you learn more about these programs. I decided to create the FED bibliographic database using Endnote because it was the first of the citation managers and, as such, already has a wide user base. Endnote also has extensive fields (31 per record) and a comprehensive styles list, works reasonably well with MS Word and library databases and is fairly flexible. Unlike some of the other citation managers, Endnote is not free, but it is not expensive, especially for students and faculty. Also there is a web-based free version. If you already use Endnote or want to try it, simply download the enl (Endnote LIbrary) file I created (also available by clicking the header-font link above). If you choose to use a different reference management software programs or simply want the data directly, here are the records and fields as comma delineated text (likewise, also available by clicking the header-font link above).

Many of the records included in the FED Bibliographic Database are also included as pdfs or full text files in the Curriculum Library on Employee Ownership. For additional information, updates of the Employee Ownership Bibliographic Database library, and access to pdf or full text files, please subscribe to our email-based newsletter by providing your name and email address.

The FED Bibliographic Database -- like conducting employee ownership research -- is a community project. As you find other employee ownership scholarship you would like to cite in your research, please send me the citations including links. If you use Endnote, send the *.enw files. If you have many records to enter, you can update the entire library. Or better yet, join our LinkedIn employee ownership research group, and share your thoughts and insights as well as these materials with the entire employee ownership research community.


Posted October 12, 2011. The database currently contains 117 records.


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