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An attempt to quantify the quality of student bibliographies

An attempt to quantify the quality of student bibliographies Purpose – To provide a possible methodology by which the quality of student bibliographies can be measured. Design/methodology/approach – The citations in some undergraduate business student bibliographies were categorised by resource type which were designated as either “scholarly” or “non‐scholarly”. A ratio of scholarly/non‐scholarly references – the “scholarly index”, was calculated for each bibliography as an indication of its quality. Findings – The scholarly index did allow differences in bibliography quality to be detected between the different module assignments that were examined. Research limitations/implications – There are a number of variables affecting the quality of student bibliographies including the library. As a measurement of library impact student bibliography quality has a limited value unless library factors can be isolated from other variables. Originality/value – This methodology and the scholarly index, could be employed where it is required to assess or compare the quality of student bibliographies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Performance Measurement and Metrics Emerald Publishing

An attempt to quantify the quality of student bibliographies

Performance Measurement and Metrics , Volume 6 (1): 12 – Apr 1, 2005

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1467-8047
DOI
10.1108/14678040510588553
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Abstract

Purpose – To provide a possible methodology by which the quality of student bibliographies can be measured. Design/methodology/approach – The citations in some undergraduate business student bibliographies were categorised by resource type which were designated as either “scholarly” or “non‐scholarly”. A ratio of scholarly/non‐scholarly references – the “scholarly index”, was calculated for each bibliography as an indication of its quality. Findings – The scholarly index did allow differences in bibliography quality to be detected between the different module assignments that were examined. Research limitations/implications – There are a number of variables affecting the quality of student bibliographies including the library. As a measurement of library impact student bibliography quality has a limited value unless library factors can be isolated from other variables. Originality/value – This methodology and the scholarly index, could be employed where it is required to assess or compare the quality of student bibliographies.

Journal

Performance Measurement and MetricsEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2005

Keywords: Academic libraries; Students; Bibliographies

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