Growth and Pattern of Women’s Studies in Malaysia as Reflected by Generated Literature
Zainab A.N., (2008) Growth and Pattern of Women’s Studies in Malaysia as Reflected by Generated Literature. Libres, Library and Information Science Research, 18 (2). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1058-6768
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University of Malaya. Faculty of Computer Science & InformIS Programme
The study uses research-based resources listed in two published bibliographies on Women in development in Malaysia produced between the pre 1970 years and 2004 to describe the growth and pattern of women’s studies in Malaysia. A total 4037 resources formed the basis of the study. Bibliometric measure are used to indicate the annual growth of literature over the periods, the preferred publication channels used by the authors, the subject areas of research interests, the active authors and the inference of collaboration based on co-authored works. The results indicate a growth in women’s studies especially between 1990 and 2004 totaling 3346 publications, averaging about 258 titles per year compared to the average of 36 titles for the pre 1970 and 1989 years. There were heavier activities in economic studies, social-cultural studies, women’s health and welfare and women in literature. The main types of publication produced are undergraduate academic research reports, master dissertations and doctoral theses. Conference presentations and journal articles are equally popular. Most authors in this field are one time contributors and only 18 authors produced 10 or more publications each. The majority of authors work alone indicating a low collaboration rate. The study proposes a collaborative e-bibliographic initiative to serve and sustain researchers’ information needs in this field.
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