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A longitudinal investigation into the changing citing behavior of geomatics postgraduate students at Wuhan University, China, 1988-2004: Implications for collection development

Gao, SJ and Yu, WZ and Webster, BM (2007) A longitudinal investigation into the changing citing behavior of geomatics postgraduate students at Wuhan University, China, 1988-2004: Implications for collection development. Library Collections, Acquisition and Technical Services, 31 (1). 42 - 57. ISSN 1464-9055

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Aim: The purpose of this study is to identify and describe the citing behavior of geomatics postgraduate students at the Wuhan University in China. These students constitute one of the main user groups of Wuhan University Library and the analysis of their use of literature (through the means of citation analysis) can yield valuable insights against which to benchmark and inform collection development policy and other services at the Information Technology Library (ITL) at Wuhan University. Design/methodology/approach: In this project, 9317 citations in 21 PhD and 180 MSc theses submitted at the Wuhan University in the years of 1988, 1996, and 2004 were analyzed. All cited materials were divided by output format (monographs, proceedings, journal articles) and the more in-depth analysis was conducted for all cited journals. The following characteristics of the cited journal literature were analyzed: subject, age, language, and dispersion of journal titles. Findings: An increased use of journal literature in bibliographies of geomatics theses was observed over time. A trend to increase citations to international conference proceedings was also noted as well as a trend to cite more journals in disciplines other than surveying and mapping. It was also noted that, over time, citations to documents in languages other than Chinese and English have significantly decreased (in some cases, disappeared). Large dispersion among the most frequently cited journals in different time periods (only 25% of titles were repeated in 1988, 1996, and 2004 top ranking journal lists) was also noted. It was also noted that the core of geomatics literature is expanding (it now takes 42% of journal titles to cover 80% of all citations). Practical implications: By analyzing citation patterns of the graduate students of geomatics in China, we can track the developments and changes within that discipline in China and can compare these trends internationally (e.g. increased role of a journal, the importance of conference proceedings, domination of the English-language sources, dispersion of journal literature, and increasing multidisciplinarity of the discipline). The techniques and methods used in this study can be replicated to study other disciplines. Also, it is hoped that the findings of this research will inform collection development planning, development of reference services, and information literacy training. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gao, SJ
Yu, WZ
Webster, BMBWEBSTER@pitt.eduBWEBSTER0000-0003-0183-3904
Date: 1 March 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Library Collections, Acquisition and Technical Services
Volume: 31
Number: 1
Page Range: 42 - 57
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.lcats.2006.12.001
Schools and Programs: University libraries > University Library System
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1464-9055
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 17:31
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:55


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