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ERIC Number: EJ914000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
Tracking Trends: Students' Information Use in the Social Sciences and Humanities, 1995-2008
Smyth, Joanne B.
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v11 n1 p551-573 Jan 2011
This study uses citation analysis to examine students' dissertations and theses in history, psychology, and education, noting changes in research practices since the introduction of electronic journals and other online sources. Some findings challenge earlier studies, showing that students are making greater use of journal backfiles and that this trend may be driving them toward monographs with a wider range of publication years. While the disparate research styles between the broad categories of sciences and humanities and social sciences are generally understood, this study also shows significant differences among students within humanities and social sciences programs. However, all disciplines in this study seem to be invigorated by their access to electronic resources. (Contains 13 figures, 6 tables and 25 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada