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Creating a core journal collection for agricultural research in Tanzania: citation analysis and user opinion techniques

F.W. Dulle (Senior Librarian at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania)
M.J.F. Lwehabura (Senior Librarian at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania)
D.S. Matovelo (Senior Librarian at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania)
R.T. Mulimila (Senior Librarian at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

The major objective of this study was to analyse the citation patterns of agricultural scientists in Tanzania. The specific objectives were to: assess researchers’ access to information as reflected from citation analysis; establish a list of core agricultural journals for agricultural researchers in Tanzania using citation analysis and user opinions; and find out the extent to which the available information resources meet the research needs revealed by the study. The study involved the analysis of 295 MSc theses and 21 PhD theses submitted at Sokoine University of Agriculture between 1989‐1999, and 309 conference proceeding articles published during the same period. It is concluded that generally agricultural scientists in the country had limited access to current journals. A number of options are recommended to alleviate the situation, with a focus on electronic journal provision supported by international organisations.

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Dulle, F.W., Lwehabura, M.J.F., Matovelo, D.S. and Mulimila, R.T. (2004), "Creating a core journal collection for agricultural research in Tanzania: citation analysis and user opinion techniques", Library Review, Vol. 53 No. 5, pp. 270-277. https://doi.org/10.1108/00242530410538418

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