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Citation Behavior of Undergraduate Students: A Study of History, Political Science, and Sociology Papers
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Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian Volume 31, Number 2, ISSN 0163-9269

Abstract

The goal of this analysis was to obtain local citation behavior data on undergraduates researching history, political science, and sociology papers. The study found that students cited books and journals even with the availability of web sources; however, usage varied by subject. References to specific websites' domains also varied across subject area. Most of the top journal titles that students referenced were online and locally owned. Students cited a broader range of journal titles than predicted by the Law of Scattering and cited titles across a wide array of subject areas. This data helped identify potential gaps in the library's collection and services. (Contains 7 tables.)

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Hendley, M. (2012). Citation Behavior of Undergraduate Students: A Study of History, Political Science, and Sociology Papers. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 31(2), 96-111. Retrieved December 13, 2019 from .

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