Author, Date, ISBN?
November 9, 2009 4:40 AM Subscribe
A question for those who know far more than I do about citation formats: why do none of them include ISBN numbers?
posted by strixus to education (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, in working on a large project, and fighting with EndNote the entire time, I found the fastest way to keep track of books, especially when using multiple editions, was to reference them by ISBN-10 (13 works well too, but 10 seemed easier) numbers. EndNote's database will record these, happily, for all works that take them.
But then I got to thinking (rather than writing, like I should have been) - why do no modern citation formats use ISBN for referencing texts that have them? I understand they wouldn't be useful for items without ISBN numbers, but those require different citation formats anyway. Why not exclude publisher, city, and year, in favor of an ISBN? Or along side one?
So, I suppose what I am asking is the following: why ISBN's are not used as a reference point for citation in modern citation formats?