I would avoid the Google Knowledge Graph.  I have seen instances where it attributes books written by different authors with the same name to the author the graph features.




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You can definitely cite VIAF.  If you use OCLC, you can do a keyword search for examples.  I would recommend NOT citing Google knowledge graphs; they are not stable or reproducible.  They pull that data from some source, so I’d try to track that down instead, and cite that.  It may not be permanent, but it would certainly be more fixed than a Google knowledge grach.




David Procházka | Music/Special Materials Cataloger | The University of Akron | Bierce Library—261C | Akron, Ohio  44325-1712 | 330-972-6260 | [log in to unmask]


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Dear NACO brains:


Two questions about sources for NARs:


1)      is it ok to refer to VIAF in a 670?

2)      what do people think about whether we can use the Google knowledge graph that sometimes appears at the top of a Google search?




Benjamin Abrahamse

Cataloging Coordinator

Acquisitions & Discovery Enhancement

MIT Libraries