Dissertation Information for Joseph Chaminade Donohue
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Title: A method for the analysis of a subject literature
Abstract: to operate effectively, a library must identify publications in subject literatures which are of high utility to its clientele and must acquire and organize these publications in such a way as to optimize their usefulness. The understanding of subject literatures has been dependent on informal definitions and intuition. In recent years, however, certain information-scientific techniques have been developed for the formal analysis of literatures. These include the epidemic theory of literature, the Bradford distribution, Booth's law, citation tracing, and bibliographic coupling. In the present work, these techniques are integrated into a general method for the analysis of subject literatures. This method is applied to a subset of the literature of Information Science itself, and generalizations are drawn as to the method's applicability to the basic problems of libraries with respect to literature management.
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