There exists an academic community, frequently forgotten in faculty circles, which I have great admiration for: librarians. Their world has changed drastically in the people who worked re- keeping order in the card catalog drawers, typing bibliographic card entries and shelving books in the stacks. Even the name of their role has changed: they are now considered "library and information science specialists."
Their tools are typewriters, paper slips and cards they master computer and online based searching, ready to direct us into the wealth they can recall.
There are grades of what they can do for the academic transcription in demand: bibliographic trails can be provided by them for the endeavors, with notes - they can help provide lists of references it is possible to use to help write novels, chapters, and articles. As you delve deeper into their skills, they could do more- for example, they can allow you to learn and use online bibliographic databases, including Refworks, EndNote, etc. There are a wide variety of ways that these under-recognized specialists can offer aid: they're pros who deserve much more attention than they receive.
Information and library science specialists also provide a micro and macro perspective of resources, databases, archives, and serial publications of which we cannot dream. In among my specialty areas the amount of new journals which appear per annum, distance learning is staggering. And yet these master resource tamers are not flustered by such changes! It is because of them that we've such fabulous reference management tools available to us at any computer.
Scanning the websites of colleges and major universities across the united states, it's obvious that many libraries have brought tools and bibliographic format to the forefront of their services. When one considers the nature of our work as faculty participated in research and publication, it would serve us well to take advantage of an ability and perspective upgrade in this region. Bibliographic support is an area in which faculty will experience a quick return on time.