BUG: Problem with Perseus bibliographic data

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John Duffy | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Oct 6 2011 1:59 PM

Just trying to export the Perseus data, to import into Zotero.  But I've got stuck with a problem.  The bibliographic data doesn't export properly.  It therefore doesn't import properly either. (It's really more of a resource problem, not technically a program bug, but it's something that I think needs fixed, so I've included that in the subject.)

The problem is visible when importing, with dozens and dozens of resources with the same title, by e.g. "Moralia" by Plutarch, and even more with the same title "Plutarch's lives".  I check the collection I used for exporting, and the problem is there too, although not so obvious.  For example, the following bibliographic data looks similar to the Perseus website when viewed in Logos, but not when exported:

Perseus website:
Plutarch, Comparationis Aristophanis et Menandri compendium, Gregorius N. Bernardakis, Ed.

Title in Logos Library
Comparationis Aristophanis et Menandri compendium (English)

Citation footnote when pasted into Word doc (same citation for multiple resources)
Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE Plutarch, Plutarch's Morals. ( ed. Goodwin;Medford, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1874).

Title in Zotero (same as for multiple resources)
Plutarch's Morals.

There are dozens of identical entries where the actual title (such as "Comparationis Aristophanis et Menandri compendium") is dropped in the export or citation process into Word.  The exported information is identical for multiple resources.  In Refer/BibIX format it looks like the following for multiple resources (similarly in BibTex and RIS), with the title of the resource dropped:

   %0 Book
%A Plutarch
%D 1874
%T Plutarch's Morals.
%E Goodwin
%C Medford, MA
%I Little, Brown, and Company

Is there a chance that the info can be corrected and made available as an update?  That would be great.

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Melissa Snyder | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 6 2011 2:46 PM

My understanding is that we got the information from Perseus. A screenshot from their site shows the same citation for this title:

 

John Duffy:
Citation footnote when pasted into Word doc (same citation for multiple resources)

When pasting the citation (APA Style 4th ed. in example below) from the three resource's information panels into Word, the citations differ:

Plutarch. (1874). Plutarch's Morals. (Goodwin, Ed.). Medford, MA: Little, Brown, and Company.

Plutarch. (1893). Moralia (G. N. Bernardakis, Ed.). Medford, MA: Teubner.

Plutarch. (1936). Moralia (H. N. Fowler, Ed.). Medford, MA: Harvard University Press.

When text is copied and pasted into Word, the citations differ in the same way as those above, plus each one has a different Volume number.

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John Duffy | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 7 2011 1:00 AM

Melissa, it's my mistake. 

I was looking for the title at the top of the Perseus page to be found in the bibliographic info.  There are indeed some publications that are split into many resources, but with no bibliographic differences between them.  Sorry for the trouble.

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