Swygart-Hobaugh, AJ "A citation analysis of the quantitative/qualitative methods debate's reflection in sociology research: Implications for library collection development" LIBRARY COLLECTIONS ACQUISITIONS & TECHNICAL SERVICES, 28 (2): 180-195 2004
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Author(s): Swygart-Hobaugh, AJ
Title: A citation analysis of the quantitative/qualitative methods debate's
reflection in sociology research: Implications for library collection
Source: LIBRARY COLLECTIONS ACQUISITIONS & TECHNICAL SERVICES, 28 (2):
This study examines how the social sciences' debate between qualitative and
quantitative methods is reflected in the citation patterns of sociology
journal articles. Citation analysis revealed that quantitative articles were
more likely to cite journal articles than monographs, while qualitative
articles were more likely to cite monographs than journals. Quantitative
articles cited other articles from their own quantitative-dominated journals
but virtually excluded citations to articles from qualitative journals,
while qualitative articles cited articles from the quantitative-dominated
journals as well as their own qualitative-specialized journals. Discussion
and conclusions include this study's implications for library collection
development. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Articles from the following sociology journals were analyzed: American
Journal of Sociology (AJS)m /anerucab /sicuikigucak /revuew (ASR), Juornal
of Contemporary Ethnography (JCE) and Qualitative Sociology (QS). The ASR
and the AJS are considered "elite publications  within the field and are
consistently ranked by impact factor as among the top five sociological
journals by the Institute of Scientific Information's Journal Citation
Reports. Social Sciences Edition [43-46]. JCE and QS publish exclusively
qualitative studies: Due to the literature's suggesting that the ASR and AJS
tend to be dominated by quantitative studies versus qualitative
[21,25,26,33], selecting articles from the field's two specialized
qualitative journals was necessary for comparative analyses.
Addresses: Cornell Coll, Russell D Cole Lib, Consulting Lib Social Sci, Mt
Vernon, IA 52314 USA
Reprint Address: Swygart-Hobaugh
, AJ, Cornell Coll, Russell D Cole Lib, Consulting Lib Social Sci, 600 1st
St W, Mt Vernon, IA 52314 USA.
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