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Citation analysis of Veterinary dissertations


S. Weerasinghe

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Senior Assistant Librarian, Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science Library
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The author sought tounderstandthe pattern ofuse of information resources by theuniversity undergraduatesin the Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences discipline. This study analyzed 6754 citations from 361 undergraduate dissertations from 2014-2018 submitted to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. According to the findings journals were appeared to be the most preferred source of citation among the Veterinary Medical students. Data sets conformed to the Leimkuhler model derived from Bradford’s law. In the ranked list of core journals in Veterinary science, Journal of dairy science took the first place with 108 citations. Further, results indicated that the students utilized current information mostly for their research. Further observation on authorship patterns of the journal citations indicated that the students of selected veterinary dissertations had mostly cited journal articles which have been authored incollaboration. Recommendations were drawn towards improving the library collection in a user-centric manner and strengthening library instruction. The study contributes to the realm of library literature where research that focuses on citation analysis of Veterinary dissertationswhichis in scarce.
How to Cite: Weerasinghe, S., 2022. Citation analysis of Veterinary dissertations. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, 25(1), pp.31–54. DOI:
Published on 02 Feb 2022.
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