Case study: Research and bibliometrics

At the National Library of Education

The need: Identifying how education data is used

The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, analyze and report statistics on education at all levels. NCES tracks data on a variety of educational issues, from bullying to tuition costs. Beginning in 2014, NCES requested that NLE calculate the number of times NCES data or publications have been cited and referenced in the scholarly literature and produce a bibliography of these results. The aim was to examine and document how the Center’s work is being used.

The solution: Bibliometrics to track citations

To meet this need, the NLE and LAC librarians worked together to devise a methodology for quantifying the number of citations that could be easily replicated in future years. The reference librarians developed replicable search strings for each reference database, including Scopus, Science Direct, Web of Science and the EBSCO databases.