Information Sources in Environmental Science: A Citation Analysis of Master’s Theses
While many analyses of citations from theses and dissertations in STEM have been published, none have focused on environmental science. We analyzed over 6,500 citations from all master’s theses completed in Environmental Science at Florida Gulf Coast University from the inception of the program to 2017. Our results illuminate information sources and trends in this highly interdisciplinary and timely field. We will present a novel method for collecting and processing the citations, as well as results in the data visualization software Tableau. Types and formats of sources cited, subject categories of journals and books, most-used journals and books, important web and government information sources, age of cited sources, publication dates and other results will be discussed.