Citation analysis of PhD dissertations offers a more granular approach to studying their actual use of literature. In STEM fields, most citation analysis has focused on use of the journal literature, which accounts for the bulk of citations and financial investment.
A citation analysis of doctoral dissertations was conducted for the department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany.
Citation Analysis of Theses and Dissertations. Academic librarians have long used various types of citation analysis to study collections. Analysis of dissertation and thesis reference lists is one approach used to measure library use by graduate students, who are traditionally frequent and heavy library, users.
Seemingly, this undermines the very basis for conducting an “evaluation” of the library collection, or expressed more emphatically: “failure to verify the quality of doctoral student citations constitutes a methodological violation and raises concerns regarding the validity of dissertation citation analysis studies for some collection evaluation purposes” (Beile et al., 2004).
The use of citation analysis as a bibliometric technique in libraries is an established credible way of assessing library collections, generating core lists of publications, and identifying items for possible selection, cancelation or storage (Abeyrathne, 2015, Enger, 2009, Johnson, 2009).
Dissertation Citations in Organismal Biology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale: Implications for Collection Development Abstract We report on a citation analysis of PhD dissertations in Plant Biology and Zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, undertaken to test the common assumption that scientists favor current research.
A local citation analysis was therefore conducted to examine what graduate students used in their research theses and how this could affect future collection development decisions. This paper will focus on the citation analysis of graduate masters theses from Carleton University's Biology Department.
In the Nigerian context, several studies have been undertaken on citation analysis of students' undergraduate projects, master's dissertations, and doctoral theses to assist librarians in identifying students' research interests and information needs and provide guidance in selection of journal titles for local library collection development.