The Most Frequently Cited Books in Introductory Texts
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.
Teaching of Psychology
Griggs, Richard A.; Proctor, Derrick L.; and Cook, Sheila M., "The Most Frequently Cited Books in Introductory Texts" (2004). Faculty Publications. 2239.