Humanities: Bibliographies & Bibliometrics

Whether citation chasing for a library client or applying methods of citation analysis to better understand your users, bibliographies and bibliometrics are important in information seeking activities.

It's important to know how humanities scholars follow references and use bibliographic tools.

Read Green, Rebecca (2000). Locating Sources in Humanities Scholarship: the Efficacy of Following Bibliographic References. Library Quarterly, 70(2), 201-229.

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Go to The LES Bibliography: Studies of Interest to Literatures of English Librarians. It's a useful tool for those interested in literature. Think about how you could use a tool like Zotero to keep track of resources.

Citation Indexes

While not indexed as well as the sciences, librarians are increasingly using online citation indexes to assist users in better understanding relationships among references. A couple subscription-based indexes are listed below.

Google Scholar is gaining in popularity because it often accesses lesser known articles in the humanities.

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Use one of the citation indexes to trace the origins of an idea. Create an infographic to show your results.

The use of references hasn't always been a central focus in the humanities. However, referencing is increasingly being used across the humanities.

Read Hellqvist, Bjorn (February 1, 2010). Referencing in the humanities and its implications for citation analysis. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 61(2), 310-318.

Using Citation Analysis

Citation analysis is often used to determine whether the library's collection houses the resources that faculty cite in their work.

Read Kellsey, Charlene & Kneivel, Jennifer (November 2012). Overlap between humanities faculty citation and library monograph collections, 2004-2009. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 569-583. Available: http://crl.acrl.org/content/73/6/569.full.pdf+html

Read Ardanauy, Jordi (August 1, 2013). Sixty years of citation analysis studies in the humanities (1951-2010). Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 64(8), 1751-1755.

Read Crawford, Gregory A. (2013). A citation analysis of the classical philology literature: implications for collection development. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. 8(2).

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