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Journal Article

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April 1983

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In an effort to measure in-house use of music periodicals, a citation study based on bibliographies in theses and dissertations was conducted at the Indiana University Music Library. A total of 256 titles were cited, but only 30% were cited more than once. While the periodical literature cited by musicologists has a low rate of obsolescence, the periodicals cited by theorists and educators becomes obsolete at a rapid rate, making the rate of obsolescence for the field as a whole, fairly high, unlike other subject areas in the humanities.


© 1983 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Serials Librarian, Volume 73, Issue 3, Spring 1983, pages 35-52.
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