A citation analysis can provide useful data for collection development in libraries. It can be used to determine collection usage and to make decisions such as which items to discontinue and which to add to existing collections. A rise in popularity of digital format paired with dwindling library budgets has made selection and exclusion of collection materials an all too regular routine in many libraries. Evans (2000) states that citation analysis should be an ongoing process and considered part of collection development (p. 41). This study compiled citations of master’s projects completed from the years 2004-2005 by graduate students of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science to determine the most frequently cited journals as well as to identify patterns of format and currency in citations.
Boney Rowell, Karen
"Citation Analysis of Journal and Format Preferences from Master’s Projects at the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science from 2004-2005,"
SLIS Connecting: Vol. 1
, Article 9.
Available at: http://aquila.usm.edu/slisconnecting/vol1/iss1/9