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Using Citation Analysis to Explore the Information Needs of Graduate Students Affiliated with a Fuel Cell Research Center

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Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Information Tools and Techniques for Engineering Education

Tagged Division

Engineering Libraries

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

23.1308.1 - 23.1308.12

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https://peer.asee.org/22693

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41

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Michael J White Queen's University

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Abstract

Using Citation Analysis to Explore the Interdisciplinary Information Needs of Graduate Students Affiliated with a Fuel Cell Research CenterLibrarians frequently conduct citation analysis of faculty and graduate studentpublications in order to inform decisions about which materials, primarily journals,should be acquired, retained, moved into storage and discarded. In addition to being auseful tool for collection development purposes, citation analysis can also provideinsights into the developing core literature of emerging and interdisciplinary fields.Interdisciplinarity is frequently cited as a way to break down silos between disciplinesand facilitate solutions to real-world problems. In this study, citation analysis will beperformed on references from twenty-five theses and dissertations published by studentsaffiliated with an interdisciplinary fuel cell research center. Faculty and graduatedstudents affiliated with the center are from five engineering departments. The author isespecially interested in determining the degree to which interdisciplinarity is reflected in thematerials cited by graduate students. The author will also discuss how citation analysis ofgraduate theses can be used to identify opportunities for targeted promotion of library resourcesand deepen connections to researchers in interdisciplinary fields.

White, M. J. (2013, June), Using Citation Analysis to Explore the Information Needs of Graduate Students Affiliated with a Fuel Cell Research Center Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22693

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