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comment Link shorteners for research paper citations?
@Lauren: true, and this is along the lines of what led me to say in response to another answer, "Good point re. appearance, though -- my motivations may, indeed, be silly."
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comment Link shorteners for research paper citations?
@Lauren: absolutely. I guess in this particular instance, it's been difficult to find "good" URLs for a lot of things. There are PDFs found wherever, some presentations that used to be on an official site that they've replaced and now I'm pulling from places like slideshare and vimeo... just not the situation I'd like, but as it is, the content matters more in my particular case than any inherent reputation of the link. In the example you cited, I absolutely get it -- if I clicked on a shortened link to a place like that, I'd feel betrayed and hoodwinked!
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comment Link shorteners for research paper citations?
@Lauren: The distracting point is fair enough, though I don't know if you embody the average reader. Maybe many would think nothing of it. Also, take a look at my example in the original question; I provide more than just a dead link. In the example above, what does it matter what the URL is as long as entering it gets you to the original PDF of a cease and desist order used as a source?
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comment Link shorteners for research paper citations?
Thanks for the example! Now, I wonder if this happens more for these situations than other internet sources. I started this paper in March 2010 and a bunch of my links have gone bad since then, which has brought me to the quasi-plan of both 1) listing the new source, but 2) making it available on my google.site for download or perhaps 2a) making it known that x PDF or y cached html page can be obtained from the author upon request? Linkrot does hurt.
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comment Link shorteners for research paper citations?
Thanks for the answer. A few questions: 1) can you expand on "the URL is likely to be integral to that reference?" If the shortener gets you there, or expands to the full URL when put in a browser, what's "integral" about the full one? 2) Can you cite anything to back the claim that the shortened URL has a lower longevity than the long one? Check tinyurl or bit.ly's policies (example-- they claim to be working to make sure rot doesn't occur. Good point re. appearance, though -- my motivations may, indeed, be silly.
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comment Link shorteners for research paper citations?
@Standback: for you and others, see my edit on why I don't think this applies in all cases.
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comment Link shorteners for research paper citations?
See edit for clarification on my thoughts and an example.
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comment Link shorteners for research paper citations?
I'm anal and hate how longer-ish links look as footnotes; that's all. Why assume I'm trying to "hide" a source? Also, it's not like the link is the only thing there. Typical internet citations include an author, title, publication date, and date retrieved, so I guess I don't see the link as a huge deal. Other than checking for .gov, .org or some other extension... what information do you imagine gleaning from a link? Many times it's just to a pdf anyway, so where it's hosted won't tell you a darn thing. The author and title are the nuggets to convey; the link just gets them the doc.
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