ERIC Number: EJ1082896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Winning the Popularity Contest: Researcher Preference When Selecting Resources for Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics Dissertations
Dotson, Daniel S.; Franks, Tina P.
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, n81 Sum 2015
More than 53,000 citations from 609 dissertations published at The Ohio State University between 1998-2012 representing four science disciplines--civil engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics--were examined to determine what, if any, preferences or trends exist. This case study seeks to identify whether or not researcher preferences have changed over time when determining which citation categories are cited in their dissertation. These results revealed that books, articles, and conference papers continue to rank highest in popularity among researchers, however, some shifts have occurred among categories across all four disciplines. When comparing overall rankings, web pages have clearly shown an increase in popularity jumping from 9th place in 1998 to 4th place in 2012. Most surprising, is the decline in usage of theses and dissertations from 6th place (1998) to 8th place (2012) even though improved electronic access has increased availability during the 15-year period.
Descriptors: Information Sources, Doctoral Dissertations, Preferences, Selection, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Case Studies, Citation Analysis, Researchers
Science and Technology Section, Association of College and Research Libraries. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Web site: http://www.istl.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio