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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Scholarly use of web resources in LIS research: a citation analysis

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Title:Scholarly use of web resources in LIS research: a citation analysis
Author(s):Bulu Maharana, (Postgraduate Department of Library and Information Science, Sambalpur University, Sambalpur, India), Kalpana Nayak, (Postgraduate Department of Library and Information Science, Sambalpur University, Sambalpur, India), N.K. Sahu, (Postgraduate Department of Library and Information Science, North Orissa University, Orissa, India)
Citation:Bulu Maharana, Kalpana Nayak, N.K. Sahu, (2006) "Scholarly use of web resources in LIS research: a citation analysis", Library Review, Vol. 55 Iss: 9, pp.598 - 607
Keywords:India, Information science, Library profession, Worldwide web
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00242530610706789 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The essential purpose of this paper is to measure the amount of web resources used for scholarly contributions in the area of library and information science (LIS) in India. It further aims to make an analysis of the nature and type of web resources and studies the various standards for web citations.

Design/methodology/approach – In this study, the result of analysis of 292 web citations spread over 95 scholarly papers published in the proceedings of the National Conference of the Society for Information Science, India (SIS-2005) has been reported. All the 292 web citations were scanned and data relating to types of web domains, file formats, styles of citations, etc., were collected through a structured check list. The data thus obtained were systematically analyzed, figurative representations were made and appropriate interpretations were drawn.

Findings – The study revealed that 292 (34.88 per cent) out of 837 were web citations, proving a significant correlation between the use of Internet resources and research productivity of LIS professionals in India. The highest number of web citations (35.6 per cent) was from .edu/.ac type domains. Most of the web resources (46.9 per cent) cited in the study were hypertext markup language (HTML) files.

Originality/value – The paper is the result of an original analysis of web citations undertaken in order to study the dependence of LIS professionals in India on web sources for their scholarly contributions. This carries research value for web content providers, authors and researchers in LIS.

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