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Research Methodologies Guide

A collection of resources describing research methods in the social sciences and the humanities


Bibliometric research is defined by the OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms as: 

"The statistical analysis of books, articles, or other publications...  to measure the “output” of individuals/research teams, institutions, and countries, to identify national and international networks, and to map the development of new (multi-disciplinary) fields of science and technology."

This type of research can be used quantiatively or qualitatively to approach a variety of questions in the humanities and sciences. For example, bibliometrics can study literature for its content, utilization of data, representation of a theme, or growth over time. Often, this type of research is accomplished through the use of indexes like Scopus or Web of Science.

For information on bibliometrics used to distinguish the quality of a researcher's work see our guide on Documenting Impact and Increasing Visibility

For more information, browse the resources below:

Where to Start

Below, a few tools and online guides that can help you start your Bibliometric research are listed. These include free online resources and resources available only through ISU Library. 

Online Resources