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The three panelists will discuss a variety of methods used to describe the information behavior of this active and productive group of researchers. To elucidate what chemists are reading, two of the panelists will discuss studies employing citation analysis of American Chemical Society (ACS). The first study illustrates how citation analysis can be used to inform chemistry collection development as well as the stability of citations to ACS journals over time. The second citation analysis continues this theme by illustrating the influence of electronic availability on the citation pattern of a sample of ACS journals. This second study also investigates the use of electronic information by authors of ACS journal articles through citation and content analysis. The third study describes the role the published literature plays during the discovery processes used by chemists using interviews of academic chemists. The goal of the three studies is to provide a realistic snapshot of the information behavior of chemists in our current digital age. It is hoped that this snapshot will assist in the creation, design, and delivery of information products and services to support the research, teaching, and creative activities of chemists and scientists in general.
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Tenopir, C., King, D. W., Boyce, P., Grayson, M., Zhang, Y., & Ebuen, M. 2003. Patterns of journal use by scientists through three evolutionary phases. D-Lib Magazine 9: 1-15.
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