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ERIC Number: EJ1064906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0010-0870
The Citation Landscape of Scholarly Literature in LGBT Studies: A Snapshot for Subject Librarians
Antell, Karen
College & Research Libraries, v73 n6 p584-602 Nov 2012
This paper reports the results of a citation analysis of the scholarly literature of LGBT Studies. EBSCO's LGBT Life database was used to gather a sample of 4,321 citations from core scholarly journals in the field of LGBT Studies, covering the time period 1974 to 2010. The analysis reveals that, although LGBT Studies as an area of scholarship emerged from the gay rights activist movement of the 1960s and 1970s, the field's literature appears to be firmly rooted in the mainstream academic literature rather than in popular publications or community and activist periodicals. However, the field has a very high rate of cross-disciplinary citation and cites particularly heavily from medical journals and books. In addition to illuminating the citation characteristics of LGBT Studies, this paper presents lists of highly cited books and journals that should prove useful for subject librarians supporting LGBT Studies programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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