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Title: Use of information sources amongst postgraduate students in computer science and software engineering-a citation analysis
Authors: Yip, Sumin
Keywords: Information sources
Postgraduate Students
Computer science
Softawre engineering
Citation analysis
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: University of Malaya
Abstract: This study aimed to identify characteristic of materials used by postgraduates in computer science and software engineering programmes in University of Malaya to aid librarians in collection development to support research in these fields. Forty six dissertations submitted for the degree of Master in Computer Science and Master of Software Engineering between 1999 to 2006, representing 20% of the total dissertation populations for the period were analyzed to determined use of information sources amongst postgraduate students in the disciplines. A total of 2,746 citations were extracted from sample dissertations and tabulated according to authorship pattern, type of materials (books, e-book, journals, magazines, conference proceedings, book chapters, technical reports, thesis, government documents, web resources, computer programme, standards and others), language, age and domain name for web materials. Comparisons were made between the results and findings from previous citation analysis in computer science, science and engineering studies. Overall monographs were most used by postgraduates in computer science and software engineering at 32.14%, followed by conference proceedings (17.1%) journals articles (17.02%) and web resources (16.9%) and magazines (8.02%). Multi-authored authored documents accounted for 51.35%. The age dispersion of citations used in computer science and software engineering spread over 63 years and the useful life of monograph , serials and web resources cited is about 6.69, 5.78 and 2 years respectively. The useful life is determined by counting the half-life of the documents. The preferred language of materials used was English. Findings from characteristics of sources used by postgraduate researchers in computer science and software engineering can help librarians to make an informed decision in collection management in order to meet the information need of researchers in computer related fields.
Description: Dissertation (M.L.I.S.) -- Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, 2009.
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/706
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