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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Scholarly Metrics

 Scholarly metrics are tools that track and measure the scholarly influence of a published work, journal, scholar or institution. Bibliometrics, encompasses a variety of metrics based on cited reference data to measure scholarly output, impact, relevance and ranking, including citation count, impact factor, h-index. In academia, these metrics is an integral part of the promotion and tenure process.

The rise of the internet and social media has led to a change in the way that information of all types is shared. In response, altmetrics have been developed to track the impact of scholarly output via web-based platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Learn about these and other metrics on our newly updated Scholarly Metrics library guide. It includes a thorough overview of the various types of metrics, an in depth tutorial on using the Web of Science database for citation searching for tenure and promotion, information on various other databases with cited reference searching, and resources for measuring altmetrics.

Looking for more in depth information on scholarly metrics? Stop by the Dewey display case (by the front door) where you can pick up a bibliography of the resources on scholarly metrics in the University Libraries’ collection.

For more information on scholarly metrics, stop by the reference desk or contact us at or 442-3691.

Post created by Cary Gouldin.

Image: Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam with Renaissance Pilaster. Hans Holbein the Younger (1498–1543), National Gallery, London (England) 

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