CITATION ANALYSIS OF MASTERS THESES BY POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS AT NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

AUTHOR: MUOKEBE, BIBIANA OBIAGELI

DEPARTMENT: LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

This study was designed to analyze citation of postgraduate masters’ theses produced between the year 2005 and 2010 in the three faculties of Engineering and Technology, Biological Sciences and Social Sciences of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka with view to determine the number of traditional Information resources cited in theses, the number of Internet information resources cited, the currency of the traditional information resources cited and the availability of the resources cited. A total number of 368 theses were studied and 20,145 citations were recorded. The research design adopted was bibliometrics. The analysis and organization of data were done through the use of frequency and percentages. Five research questions were posed to guide the study. The findings were that the postgraduate researchers in the three faculties studied cited various types of information resources such as Internet resources (6.43%), books (44.48%), journals (83.12%), grey literature (57.81%), and unpublished resources (2.14%). Faculty of Biological Sciences made greatest use of primary traditional information resources and least use of books and Internet resources. Faculty of Engineering & technology made greatest use of books and Internet resources followed by faculty of social sciences. Out of 20,145 citation recorded, primary traditional information resources were found to be heavily cited (about 66.93%) while secondary traditional information resources were cited up to 55.34% of the citations. Internet information resources are the least cited with 12.14% of the total citation. Most of the most frequently cited information resources are not available in the University library. Most of the information resources heavily cited by researchers are foreign. The study recommends that efforts should be made towards acquiring all titles that were extensively cited by students that were not available in the university library. Also there should be an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) laboratory in all the departments to enable the students and lecturers to have access to online resources.

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