Library:Citation Analysis & Impact Factors/Purpose of Citations

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Purpose of Citations

Attribution of ideas/research

  • for confirming/illustrating a point
  • for disputing/correcting/questioning
  • for use of methods, tools, design, definition or data

Provide proof that position is well-researched by providing

  • holistic view of research
  • literature review
  • primary and historical sources

Help disseminate useful knowledge

  • demonstrating other points of view
  • supplementary information

Give formal credit for research as a normative research practice

  • for purpose of association and community
  • to meet funding, legal, and governmental requirements