Mooney, H. 2011. Citing data sources in the social sciences: do authors do it?. LEARNED PUBLISHING 24 (2): 99-108.
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Mooney, H. 2011. Citing data sources in the social sciences: do authors do it?.
LEARNED PUBLISHING 24 (2): 99-108.
Author Full Name(s): Mooney, Hailey
Document Type: Article
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Abstract: It is expected that authors will provide citations for all papers
referenced in their writings. The necessity of providing citations for data is not
so widely recognized. Proponents of the data-sharing movement have
advocated the citation of datasets in order to recognize contributions and
enhance access. This study examines a sample of papers from the Inter-
University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Bibliography of
Data-Related Literature that are based on secondary analysis of datasets
available in the ICPSR data archive to determine the data citation practices of
authors. The results indicate that many authors fail to cite the data used in
secondary analysis studies. Possible reasons for the dismal state of data
citation practices are considered, including the recent introduction of data into
the scholarly record and its marginalization as an information format. Updating
citation practices to include datasets will support data sharing and foster responsible scholarship. (C) Hailey Mooney 2011
Addresses: Michigan State Univ Lib, E Lansing, MI 48824 USA
Reprint Address: Mooney, H, Michigan State Univ Lib, E Lansing, MI 48824 USA.
E-mail Address: mooneyh at msu.edu
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