ANN ARBOR, MI, November 7, 2018 – The use of newspapers in academic research is growing, according to a recent study commissioned by ProQuest and conducted by Dr. Eric T. Meyer, Dean of the School of Information at University of Texas at Austin.
Meyer’s study, “The Scholarly Impacts of Newspapers,” examines the frequency of newspaper citations in scholarly journal articles. Meyer tracked how often four globally recognized titles – The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Guardian – were cited in academic journals between 2000 and 2017. The study revealed several notable trends, including:
“From the data collected in this study, we’re able to determine that newspapers are an important resource for researchers,” said Meyer, who was a Professor of Social Informatics and Director of Graduate Studies at Oxford Internet Institute when the report was published. “Their content is relevant across disciplines, institutions and countries. Whether a researcher is looking for information on a historical or current event, they often turn to news coverage as an important scholarly source.”
“Dr. Meyer’s findings substantiate what ProQuest has heard from our customers and end-users for years: that primary sources, including newspapers, are crucial at all levels of the research, teaching and learning process,” said Susan Bokern, Vice President, Product Management, ProQuest. “Today’s libraries need a substantial collection of news to support their patrons and their research.”
Meyer will be presenting a summary of his research at the Charleston Conference, an academic library conference, on November 7.
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