To the Editor:
Unfortunately the e-book page-numbering issue is only one of many not-easily-resolved problems surrounding the integrity of scholarly citations ("E-Books' Varied Formats Make Citations a Mess for Scholars," The Chronicle, February 6). The New York Times has managed to create its own world of pain and confusion for citation builders by changing the titles of some—not all—articles between the (hopefully authoritative) paper edition and its online rendering.
For instance: An article entitled "At Some Private Schools, No Hurry to Teach Reading" appears in the paper edition, and that title carries over into the ProQuest aggregated newspaper database. Unfortunately the article is not retrievable by that headline at The New York Times Web site: The article has a new title in the online edition. It has morphed into "Reading at Some Private Schools Is Delayed."
I have to wonder if anyone working at The New York Times ever understood any of the principles behind citations—principles that include, but are not limited to, making sure anyone can retrieve the original source material using the facts included in the citation. The New York Times Web-site headline is not retrievable in the ProQuest Newspapers aggregated newspaper database, and the headline from the paper edition and the ProQuest Newspapers aggregated database is not retrievable from the Web site.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
The writer is a retired director of Cabrillo College's library.