A Comparative Study of Bibliometric Characteristics of Competitive Intelligence Scholarly Material in Business and Library Science Databases

by Ramirez, Marisa L.

Abstract (Summary)
This study identifies and examines bibliometric characteristics that differentiate Competitive Intelligence scholarly literature found in the ABI/Inform Complete and Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) databases from January 1975 to December 2004.

The term "competitive intelligence" is the most popular term to use when searching for CI scholarly materials. The journal distribution for both databases follows Bradford's law of scatter, but there is little overlap between the core journals and core authors identified in ABI/Inform and LISA, indicating the need for multiple searches across databases. The erratic growth patterns and inconsistent subject indexing point to database collection inconsistencies. Overall, ABI/Inform yielded more articles relating to the field of competitive intelligence than LISA.

Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Deborah Barreau

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:environmental scanning bibliographic databases abstracting and indexing services evaluation business literature library information science abstracts


Date of Publication:03/30/2005

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