Science and Technology: 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

Citation indexes have been an important tool in science and technology research for a long time. They're used to assist users in better understanding relationships among references.

Subscription-based Citation Indexes

Read Barnett, Philip & Lascar, Claudia (Summer 2012). Comparing unique title coverage of Web of Science and Scopus in earth and atmospheric sciences. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Available: http://www.istl.org/12-summer/refereed3.html

Open Access Citation Indexes

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

Read Wakimoto, Diana K. (2014). Google Scholar retrieves twice as many relevant citations as PubMed and provides greater full-text access for quick, clinical nephrology searches. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 9(1).

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

Other sources of science and technology citations.

Read Nourbakhsh, Eva, Nugent, Rebecca, Wang, Helen, Cevik, Cihan, & Nugent, Kenneth (2012). Medical literature searches: a comparison of PubMed and Google Scholar. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 29, 214-222.

Keep in mind the importance of seeking citations outside the traditional disciplines looking for interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary information sources.

Read Page, Jessica R., Moberly, Heather K., Youngen, Gregory K. & Hamel, Barbara J. (September 2014). Exploring the veterinary literature: a bibliometric methodology for identifying interdisciplinary and collaborative publications. College & Research Libraries, 75(5), 664-683. Available: http://crl.acrl.org/content/75/5/664.full.pdf+html

Using Citation Analysis

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

Read at least TWO of the following articles focusing on science and citation analysis.

Stephens, Jane Hubbard, David E., Pickett, Carmelita, Kimball, Rusty (2013). Citation behavior of aerospace engineering faculty. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 39, 451-457.

Freeland, Marija, Howes, Lydia, Hamstra, Emily, and Bahnmaier, Sara (2014). Citation analysis to assist selection in kinesiology. The Serials Librarian, 67(3), 307-341.

Young, Brian (Winter 2014). What do engineering researchers cite? a citation analysis study of sixteen engineering journals. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Available: http://www.istl.org/14-winter/refereed4.html

Milard, Beatrice (2014). The social circles behind scientific references: Relationships between citing and cited authors in chemistry publications. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 65(1), 2459-2468.

Kimball, Rusty, Stephens, Jane, Hubbard, David & Pickett, Carmelita (July 2013). A citation analysis of atmospheric science publications by faculty at Texas A&M University. College & Research Libraries, 74(4), 356-367. Available: http://crl.acrl.org/content/74/4/356.full.pdf+html

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