Analysis of URL References in ETDs: A Case Study at the University of North Texas

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Article discussing a case study at the University of North Texas (UNT) on an analysis of URL references in electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).

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Creation Date: July 3, 2014
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UNT Libraries
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UNT Scholarly Works
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Phillips, Mark Edward

University of North Texas

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Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw

University of North Texas

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Reyes Ayala, Brenda

University of North Texas

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Publisher Name: Emerald Group Publishing
Place of Publication: [Bingley, United Kingdom]
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  • Creation: July 3, 2014
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Article discussing a case study at the University of North Texas (UNT) on an analysis of URL references in electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).

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This is the author manuscript version of the article, published in Library Management, 35:4/5, pp. 293-307

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Abstract: Purpose – Increasingly, higher education institutions worldwide are accepting only electronic versions of their students’ theses and dissertations. These electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) frequently feature embedded URLs in body, footnote and references section of the document. Additionally the web as ETD subject appears to be on an upward trajectory as the web becomes an increasingly important part of everyday life. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach – The authors analyzed URL references in 4,335 ETDs in the UNT ETD collection. Links were extracted from the full-text documents, cleaned and canonicalized, deconstructed in the subparts of a URL and then indexed with the full-text indexer Solr. Queries to aggregate and generate overall statistics and trends were generated against the Solr index. The resulting data were analyzed for patterns and trends within a variety of groupings. Findings – ETDs at the University of North Texas that include URL references have increased over the past 14 years from 23 percent in 1999 to 80 percent in 2012. URLs are being included into ETDs in the majority of cases: 62 percent of the publications analyzed in this work contained URLs. Originality/value – This research establishes that web resources are being widely cited in UNT's ETDs and that growth in citing these resources has been observed. Further it provides a preliminary framework for technical methods appropriate for approaching analysis of similar data that may be applicable to other sets of documents or subject areas.

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20 p.

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Keyword(s): link analysis | ETDs | electronic theses and dissertations | link extraction | web archiving
Source: Library Management, 2014, Bingley: Emerald Publishing Group, pp. 293-307
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UNT Libraries
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UNT Scholarly Works
Relation (Is Version Of): Analysis of URL References in ETDs: A Case Study at the University of North Texas [Presentation], ark:/67531/metadc180957
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  • DOI: 10.1108/LM-08-2013-0073 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc306860
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Publication Title: Library Management
Volume: 35
Issue: 4/5
Page Start: 293
Page End: 307
Peer Reviewed: Yes