Characteristics of Citations Used by Humanities Researchers

Zainab, A.N. and Goi, S.S. (1997) Characteristics of Citations Used by Humanities Researchers. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 2 (2). pp. 19-36. ISSN 1394-6234,

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Analysis of 5,610 citations from 104 master's degree and doctoral dissertations submitted to the University of Malaya between 1984 and 1994 in the humanities (religion and philosophy; history; language and literature) has been conducted. The average citation per dissertation in various humanities fields, are 56.7 for religion and philosophy; 102 for history and 45.3 for language and literature. Over 52% (2,927) of the citations were to books, 23.55% (1,321) to journal articles, 9.43% (529) to book chapters and 6.24% (350) to theses. A total of 4,766 (89.94%) authors of the citations were single authors and 700 authors formed the core authors contributing a total of 2,160 (36.59%) of total citations. The use by humanities researchers of a wider number of journals and book titles indicate that they need to use a greater number of sources for their research information needs. More than 50% of the citations aged between 1 to 20 years and some more than 100 years. Researchers use a high percentage of documents in the English language even though about 66% of the dissertations were written in the Malay language. The references by and large are of Malaysian or Asian in origin reflecting resource needs of these researchers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: University of Malaya, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, MLIS Programme
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humanities; Citation Analysis; Authorship Pattern; Journal Ranking
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology > Dept of Library & Information Science Unit
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2011 02:34
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2014 11:44

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