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Thursday, November 7 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Study Psychology Researchers’ Citing Behavior For Collection Development

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In today’s higher education environment, academic librarians not only need to develop a relevant collection that supports campus research and teaching, but also need to be able to articulate how the collection has contributed to the institution’s success. Citation analysis, a way to understand users’ information behavior, can help us to do both. Nonetheless citation analyses can be a time-consuming undertaking. How can we take full advantage of this type of work without draining our time and energy? What types of data can we draw from citation analysis to help us articulate the value of our collections? The Psychology Librarian and the Collection & Online Resources Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries will share their experience of using SCOPUS to run citation analysis. The aim of their study was to examine how psychology researchers use information sources for their work and how the library collections have contributed to the university’s scholarly output. The librarians analyzed the references cited in articles published by psychology researchers at the University of Houston over the past 10 years. The study was further enhanced by comparative analysis with usage statistics. Through the presentation, the presenters will share their data collection and analysis procedures and study results. They will also discuss the value of using SPSS to run multivariate analyses. The audience will learn the advantages and disadvantages of using SCOPUS as a citation analysis tool and be able to consider whether the tool meets their particular assessment needs. The presenters will also offer their observations on how comparative statistical analyses can benefit collection assessment and enrich findings.

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Jackie Bronicki

Assessment & Statistics, University of Houston
University of Houston
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Irene Ke

Psychology & Social Work Librarian, University of Houston
I am the Psychology and Social Work Librarian at the University of Houston. I am passionate about learning.

Thursday November 7, 2013 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Bistro Area, Courtyard Marriott Historic District 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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