ERIC Number: ED090942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Periodical Citations by Freshmen Using Chapel Hill's Undergraduate Library.
Tobias, Audrey Sylvia
This study reports an analysis of some aspects of the use of periodicals by freshmen at the University of North Carolina, as related to the undergraduate and other campus libraries. The study also asks whether the dispersion of citations, among periodicals cited by freshmen in bibliographies of required term papers, conforms to a general law of distribution. The method used is citation analysis, with computer assistance to manipulate data. A major finding is that the dispersion of citations among titles is a faithful expression of a general law of distribution described as the Yule curve. It was also found that whereas the very few periodical titles which yield the bulk of the citations are housed in the undergraduate library, the vast majority of titles are housed in the Wilson Library. The undergraduate library provided access to the great majority of citations through "Reader's Guide," but students also made heavy use of unindexed materials. (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. School of Library Science.