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Graziano, Vince – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Emergent programs or newly established areas of study are often viewed as interdisciplinary. But how is interdisciplinarity defined or measured? The identification of research methods and the selection of objects of inquiry are significant elements in this definition. Citation analysis, however, also plays a role. Citation patterns in master's…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Citation Analysis, Sexual Identity, Homosexuality
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Munson, Kurt; Thompson, Hilary H. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Using the 2011 and 2015 survey by the Reference and User Services Association Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (RUSA STARS) of international interlibrary loans (ILL), the authors explore barriers to this method of meeting patrons' information needs. They evaluate international ILL in the context of developments in the…
Descriptors: Library Services, Users (Information), Barriers, Library Materials
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Perera, Upeksha; Wijewickrema, Manjula – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Ranking of scholarly journals is important to many parties. Studying the relationships among various ranking metrics is key to understanding the significance of one metric based on another. This research investigates the relationship among four major journal-ranking indicators: the impact factor (IF), the Eigenfactor score (ES), the "h."…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Correlation, Bibliometrics, Statistical Analysis
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Wesley, Threasa L. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Many individuals working in library and information organizations do not hold a master of library science (MLS) degree or other specialized library science credential. Recognizing that this professional gap could be addressed by diversified educational opportunities, the W. Frank Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights…
Descriptors: Information Science Education, Bachelors Degrees, Academic Libraries, Professional Development
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Perry, Heather Brodie – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
The prevalence of industry-sponsored research has led to significant concerns about financial conflicts of interest and the impact on research findings. This case study sought to examine how students considered conflict of interest when establishing the cognitive authority of a journal article. The case study used a mixed methods pretest and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Conflict of Interest, Industry
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LeMaistre, Tiffany; Shi, Qingmin; Thanki, Sandip – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
This study investigated the relationship between use of online library resources and student success at a small, teaching-focused, baccalaureate college. Researchers also measured whether library users were representative of the student population. Use of online library resources was a significant predictor of semester grade point average (GPA),…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Library Services, Users (Information), Electronic Libraries
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Harker, Karen R.; O'Toole, Erin; Sassen, Catherine – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Professional development programs have been established in many academic libraries to support the research and scholarly activities of librarians. Continuous assessment can contribute to the sustainability and effectiveness of these programs. This study describes how measures of need, participation, satisfaction, and impact were employed to assess…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Faculty Development, Librarians, Program Effectiveness
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Insua, Glenda M.; Lantz, Catherine; Armstrong, Annie – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
This action research study explores first-year students' conceptions of the research process, with a focus on which aspects students find most challenging and how this information can guide stakeholders in developing curricular or service-based interventions. To gather student reflections on the research process, researchers assigned and collected…
Descriptors: Action Research, College Freshmen, Student Attitudes, Research Methodology
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Albarillo, Frans – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
This paper reports the results of a survey study of foreign-born students' use of academic and public libraries. The researcher administered the survey at a public liberal arts college in the fall of 2014. The analysis shows that foreign-born students use both public and academic libraries with great frequency for academic tasks. Variables such as…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Minority Group Students, Immigrants, Statistical Analysis
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Thielen, Joanna – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Retracted articles, articles that violate professional ethics, are an unsettling, yet integral, part of the scholarly publishing process seldom discussed in the academy. Unfortunately, article retractions continue to rise across all disciplines. Although academic librarians consistently provide instruction on scholarly publishing, little has been…
Descriptors: Users (Information), Periodicals, Journal Articles, Academic Libraries
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Bragdon, Marc – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
This article discusses how intercultural communication theory informed an approach to information literacy support for the University of New Brunswick's online MEd program in Trinidad and Tobago. By applying established frameworks for understanding and comparing cultural values across national groups, the author designed and implemented a hybrid…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intercultural Communication, Online Courses, Information Literacy
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Romero, Lisa – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Using citation analysis, this study identifies the most relevant journals in communication studies. The study analyzes citations from a representative list of 116 journals from subject areas within communication studies over a 30-year period and addresses research interests throughout the discipline. Results indicate that most journals cited in…
Descriptors: Citation Analysis, Scholarship, Periodicals, Communication Research
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Foster, Elizabeth – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
As campuses become more culturally diverse, instruction librarians must work toward developing cultural competence. While the library science literature has discussed cultural competence, no scholars have directly connected it to instruction librarians' teaching. This article discusses literature, models, and best practices from related…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Library Instruction, Instructional Design, Best Practices
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Archambault, Susan Gardner – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
This case study describes the development of CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), an open educational resource (OER). CORA, available at www.projectcora.org, was developed through a Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) grant. The grant proposed to use a "recipe" metaphor to envision shared information…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Instructional Materials, Assignments, Electronic Libraries
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Graves, Stephanie J.; German, Elizabeth – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Libraries are called to serve users with diverse needs and a wide range of abilities and disabilities. The library literature includes much about services to persons with disabilities but says little about programmatic efforts in library instruction and accessibility design at an organizational level. This study looks for visible evidence of…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Library Instruction, Inclusion, Access to Information
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