Cited by how many? Using Google Scholar for print monograph collection analysis at a small academic library

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Purpose: The purpose of this case study was to complement existing weeding and retention criteria beyond the most used methods in academic libraries and to consider citation counts in the identification of important scholarly works. Design/methodology/approach: Using a small sample of items chosen for withdrawal from a small liberal arts college library, this case study looks at the use of Google Scholar citation counts as a metric for identification of notable monographs in the social sciences and mathematics. Findings: Google Scholar citation counts are a quick indicator of classic, foundational or discursive monographs in a particular field and should be given more consideration in weeding and retention analysis decisions that impact scholarly collections. Higher citation counts can be an indicator of higher circulation counts. Originality/value: The authors found little indication in the literature that Google Scholar citation counts are being used as a metric for identification of notable works or for retention of monographs in academic libraries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalCollection and Curation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 11 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Museology
  • Library and Information Sciences

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