International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 246

Full Length Research Paper

Citation analysis of doctoral theses in Zoology submitted to Kuvempu University, India: A case study

Koteppa Banateppanvar1, B. S. Biradar1, B. U. Kannappanavar2, P. DharaniKumar1 and K. T. Santhosh Kumar2
  1Department of PG Studies and Research in Library and Information Science, Kuvempu University Jnana Sahyadri Shankaraghatta, India -577451. 2Sahyadri Arts and Commerce College, Shimoga, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 06 May 2013
  •  Published: 20 July 2013



The purpose of this paper is to determine the materials cited in Doctoral theses of the Zoology, submitted to the Kuvempu University, India during the year 2002 to 2006 with the aim of improving the existing collection development of the library. Data were extracted from title page and references given at the end of each chapter. The cited documents are recorded on 5”x3” slips and the same is tabulated in Microsoft Excel, and extracted data were analysed using statistics. The study reveals that journals are the most preferred sources of information used by the researchers in the field of Zoology accounting for 74.47% of total citations followed by books and monographs 18.02% citations although, citations from conference proceedings, theses, reports, patents and news papers are also found. It is also observed those researchers are taken advantage of internet resources. The Journal of Mutation Research has ranked the first with 94 citations accounting for 5.71% of the total journal citations. Further, Bradford’s Law of Scattering was applied. It is observed that major citation from journal literature. In addition, more cited materials were contributed by Multi authors and Degree of collaboration is 0.71.  


Key words: Zoology, doctoral theses, citation study, authorship pattern, journals ranking, Bradford’s Law.