Social Science: 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.

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 social studies.

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

Using Citation Analysis

Library scholars can use citation analysis to better understand how students are using information sources.

Read Smyth, Joanne B. (January 2011). Tracking trends: students’ information use in the social sciences and humanities, 1995-2008. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 11(1), 551-573.

Read at least TWO of the following articles on social sciences and citation analysis.

Antell, Karen (November 2012). The citation landscape of scholarly literature in LGBT studies: a snapshot for subject librarians. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 584-602. Available: http://crl.acrl.org/content/73/6/584.full.pdf+html

Noe, Jennifer & Furay, Julia (2013). Like a hurricane: a citation analysis of emergency management scholarly literature. Community & Junior College Libraries, 19, 21-50.

Bullis, Daryl R. & Irving, Richard D. (March 1, 2013). Journals supporting terrorism research: identification and investigation into their impact on the social sciences. College & Research Libraries, 74(2), 119-129.

Sherriff, Graham (April 2010). Information use in history research: a citation analysis of master’s level theses. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 10(2), 165-183.

Legal citation analysis applies techniques of citation analysis to analyzing legal documents. It's used to help understand researchers understand how provisions within or between documents are connected.

Read Hamilton, Michelle C., Janz, Margaret M. & Hauser, Alexandra (2012). Can librarians trust resources found on Google Scholar? Yes.. and No. The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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