Dissertation Information for Richard K. Wiersba
- Richard K. Wiersba
- Library and Information Science
- Case Western Reserve University (USA) (1978)
- Thomas Gleason Morris
- Conrad H. Rawski
- Phillip M. Russo
- Tefko Saracevic
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: On the Bibliographic Relationships of Subject-Defined Document Populations
Abstract: Bibliographic citation analysis has played a significant role in document classification research, establishing that documents related by citations are also subject-related.
Research in this area has basically utilized citation analysis techniques to inductively proceed from a source document to the definition of a cohesive population of subject related documents.
In this study, these bibliographic relationships were found to be evident within deductively analyzed subject-related document populations, i.e., relationships derived by proceeding from a subject-defined document population to the determination of its attendant bibliographic characteristics.
The proportion of common bibliographic elements (authors' names and journal titles) and co-citation between documents were used to compare document population relationships linking topics and generations of document populations (populations of documents citing and cited by a given subject-defined document population).
It was possible to clearly distinguish the bibliographic outline of predefined topics or notions in predecessor and successor generations of document populations, but it was not possible to observe alterations in the relationships of these populations with other subject-defined populationsí with the literature, as the three generations of data used covered an insufficient time span to detect the development of any such bibliographic trends.