ERIC Number: ED156114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
On the Feasibility of Citation Indexes in the Humanities.
Batts, Michael S.
This study examined the feasibility of creating a viable citation index in the humanities. A total of 5924 citations appended to articles written between 1971-1973 and appearing in three English language literary criticism journals were analyzed for their form and degree of content relationship to the subject matter of the articles in which they appeared. For the purposes of this study, a resolution factor of 100 percent and a pertinency and recall factor of 60 percent were demanded as minimum requirements for creating a viable index. Results proved unsatisfactory; a resolution factor of only 75 percent was achieved with a pertinency factor of 48 percent and a recall factor of 83 percent. It was also found that the number of books cited exceeded all other forms of citations, the form and manner in which the citations appeared made their extraction difficult, and the half-life of research in the humanities was longer than that of the sciences. The study had two major limitations: the area of research covered was limited to a small segment of the humanities literature, and the journals selected were representative of the "best" in existing citation practices--a subjective judgement. Appendices include the forms used to collect statistical data on the citations and a sample article with analysis of citations and data sheet. (JPF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Master's Thesis, University of Toronto ; Best copy available