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This study examines how the social sciences’ debate between qualitative and quantitative methods is reflected in the citation patterns of sociology journal articles. Citation analysis revealed that quantitative articles were more likely to cite journal articles than monographs, while qualitative articles were more likely to cite monographs than journals. Quantitative articles cited other articles from their own quantitative-dominated journals but virtually excluded citations to articles from qualitative journals, while qualitative articles cited articles from the quantitative-dominated journals as well as their own qualitative-specialized journals. Discussion and conclusions include this study’s implications for library collection development.


NOTICE: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in LIBRARY COLLECTIONS, ACQUISITIONS, AND TECHNICAL SERVICES, [VOL 28, ISSUE W, (2004)] DOI 10.1016/j.lcats.2004.02.003