ERIC Number: ED243481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-7
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Library Management Implications of Journal Citation Patterns in Engineering Doctoral Dissertations.
Kriz, Harry M.
In order to facilitate library collection management at West Virginia University (WVU), information was collected on the journals cited in the 87 doctoral dissertations written by students in the WVU College of Engineering during a 7-year period ending in 1978. This analysis followed a similar citation study of WVU engineering master's theses accepted in 1971-1974, which had led to a significant reduction in expenditures for engineering subscriptions. It was found that citation patterns in the doctoral and master's theses were similar; WVU doctoral engineering students cited journals in only 43% of their references; a core of 51 of the 585 journals cited accounted for one-half of the journal citations; 81% of the cited journals were cited by authors from only a single engineering department; and the citation of non-engineering journals by engineers was not extensive. Results are discussed in terms of specific collection management decisions at WVU. It is noted that WVU funding for engineering journals far exceeds the amounts needed to purchase the core journals and that choosing among the other marginal use journals remains a matter of judgment on the part of librarians and faculty. A 35-item bibliography and tables listing study results are provided. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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