"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants." This concept is attributed to Issac Newton (1643-1727) and Bernard of Chartres (date of birth unknown, died after 1124). Bibliographic work is a corner stone of research and development and "tackling the risk to drown" (Blog 2 June 2018). 


Human and artificial intelligence

Scientific work, research and development and our day-to-day life are based on the art of asking questions and upon creativity. The use of and living with artificial intelligence in a satisfying and self-determined way depends upon our capacity to ask (Blog 11 October 2023). 


Ask, acquire, assess

[02 June 2018]

These are the key steps in bibliographic work (German: Literaturarbeit). I use the following criteria

  • area: The discipline or field.
  • quality: Of the resource. I take into account whether it is a website, a blog, a newspaper article or a scientific paper, a study or a book.
  • relevance: For my work related to the topic and field.
  • bibliography: List of references.
  • tags: Keywords, some are already given by the authors. Others I ad myself. 

Assessments in "quality", "relevance" and "bibliography":

5 excellent, 1 poor, not applicable (n.a.), not estimated (n.e.)


JSTOR online course

JSTOR "Research Basics: an open academic research skills course"

(12 Sep 2023) Very good introduction to the topic and course. 




(27 Sept 2023) "Your personal research assistant. Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research."


In German: Literatur verwalten mit Zotero

(19 Sep 2023) Film von Simon Meier-Vieracker 07.10.2020


In German: Literaturverwaltung mit Zotero (SuUB)

(19 Sep 2023) mit weiterführenden Links zum Download, Informationen u einem sehr guten Einführungsfilm von Simon Meier-Vieracker