Use of library and information science journals by Master’s students in their dissertations: experiences at the University of Wales Aberystwyth

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Abstract

Purpose Reports on research undertaken into the use made of library and information science (LIS) journals in dissertations written by students undertaking the Master’s course in Information and Library Studies at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. Design Analysis of the citations of 100 (post 2000) dissertations submitted gives an indication of the range of material used in dissertations. In addition, responses to questionnaires from students provide information about how relevant papers are found from LIS journals. Findings Journals with a practical bias were more cited than research-oriented journals. Lists of the most “popular” journal titles are included. Value The research provides a “snapshot” of the use made of LIS journals by Master’s students in their dissertations. Keywords Journal usage, Library and information science journals, Library and information science education, Master’s dissertations, UK Paper type Research paper
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-581
Number of pages12
JournalAslib Proceedings
Volume58
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • libraries
  • information science
  • masters degrees
  • students
  • Wales

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