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To determine the mix of resources used in social gerontology research, a citation analysis was conducted. A representative sample of citations was selected from three prominent gerontology journals and information was added to determine subject scatter and database coverage for the cited materials. Results indicate that a significant portion of gerontology research, even from a social science perspective, relies roughly equally on medical resources as it does social science resources. Furthermore, there is a small but defined core of literature constituting scholarly “territory” unique to gerontology. Analysis of database indexing indicated that broad, interdisciplinary databases provide more comprehensive coverage of the cited materials than do subject-specific databases.


Post-print version of an article published in Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 30(3), pp. 154-175

Conditional source acknowledgement statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian on 14/09/2011, available online:



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