Title

The Most Frequently Cited Books in Introductory Texts

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2004

Abstract

Gorenflo and McConnell (1991) found little commonality among introductory textbooks with respect to journal article citation. Using a stratified random sample of 15 current texts, we extended this research by checking for commonality in book citations. We found little commonality. Of 3,608 unique book citations, 70% were in only 1 text, 91% in 3 or fewer texts, and only 17 met the commonality criterion of citation in at least 80% of the texts. No book was cited in all of the texts, and there was a strong currency citation bias with 70% published since 1980. We discuss these findings in terms of the nonhomogeneity of introductory texts and the larger fractionation problem in contemporary psychology.

Journal Title

Teaching of Psychology

Volume

31

Issue

2

First Page

113

Last Page

116

First Department

Behavioral Sciences

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