Sherriff, G. 2010. Information Use in History Research: A Citation Analysis of Master's Level Theses. PORTAL-LIBRARIES AND THE ACADEMY
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Sherriff, G. 2010. Information Use in History Research: A Citation Analysis of
Master's Level Theses. PORTAL-LIBRARIES AND THE ACADEMY 10 (2):165-183.
Abstract This article addresses the need for quantitative investigation into
students' use of information resources in historical research. It reports the results
of a citation analysis of more than 3,000 citations from master's level history
theses submitted between 1998 and 2008 at a mid-sized public university. The
study's results support the hypotheses that the predominant format in history
research is the monograph and that history research entails use of older
resources, and in greater proportions, than other disciplines. Results also support
the conclusions that journal usage is comparatively low and that there is a high
degree of citation dispersal across journal titles.
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