Using The Information

There have been few studies of how authors integrate materials from the Internet with that published in scientific articles. Junni (2007) examined the reference lists in masters' theses in economics, psychology and mathematics, written in Finland in 1985, 1993 and 2003, and carried out semi-structured interviews with a selection of students who had completed their theses in 2003. Junni found that the average number of items in the reference lists in the economics and psychology theses had increased between 1993 and 2003; that the average number of scholarly articles referenced in the economics and psychology theses had increased between 1993 and 2003; and that the average number of recent articles cited had increased in the psychology and mathematics theses. Junni attributed these differences to the fact that the availability of articles had increased dramatically for students and researchers via the Internet, and that the sources on the Internet were generally more up to date than were those in paper format.

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