Inspired? Cite Me.

In late 2013 I came across a written piece online about a case study on our jitney service. Review it here.

As I read through the first several sentences I was struck that the published document was similar to mine. I noted that it cited several local sources as inspiration for the paper. But there was no mention of my work online. 


I have been working on this website since 2008.  When first posted jitney information, they mentioned that information would be found on this blog – and they linked to the particular post. Kudos to them.

Soon after, Maplewood Township added the pdfs to its website.

In 2010 the Maplewood Jitney App was created. It is an interactive jitney schedule.

They saw the value of having this information online.

Google ‘Maplewood + Jitney’ and my blog at the present time is listed on the first page results. That’s because I’ve worked super hard to write about all local transit offerings.

In the last 5 years I have contributed significant research in order to make this a quality blog. Refer here and you’ll find background on the jitney service. NJ TRANSIT commuter information. You’ll also find census data cited. There are original photos of our township included. Read through my interviews of great people doing great things and you’ll find a written piece about our local mayor and sustainability in our local community.

People read this website daily. You’ll find the same topics, stats, and references as a research paper. This is, however, a conversational blog. Who would read a research paper daily?

If my work inspires yours, give me credit. Link to my website, or make mention of the fact that there is a website that has featured information on the same topic since 2008.

Finally, choose a unique reference.

Every high school, college and graduate student is taught to cite and give credit to sources. Even if content isn’t directly quoted, if you read something and use background from it or it appears that you did, credit is due. That lesson applies on the internet too. Please note many of the images I use on this site were found online. I have linked to as many as I could, and I’d like to thank those who have placed them online.*

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