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Title:Citation analysis of dissertations accepted by the Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana, Legon
Authors:Sam, JoelISNI
Tackie, S. Nii BekoeISNI
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:information management
Abstract:Analysis of 2,212 citations generated by 67 Master of Arts theses accepted by the Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, from 1998 to 2004, was conducted with a view to ascertaining patterns in the use of different types of information sources: material type most cited, local availability of the most frequently cited journals, currency of the cited materials and subject areas most cited. The works cited in each thesis were categorized into books and monographs, journals, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, reports, online sources, newsletters and unpublished materials. These were counted according to their citation frequency. 969 or 43.8 percent of the citations were books and monographs, followed by journal articles (550 or 24.9 percent), with unpublished materials (4 or 0.2 percent) being the least cited material. The most popular research area among graduate students appeared to be information technology, followed by evaluation of information services. Reading habits was an inactive area of research. The study indicates that citation analysis is a useful tool for evaluating the use of library materials, with implications for collection management and development. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]