Case study: Research and bibliometrics

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The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, analyze and report statistics on education at all levels. 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.

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.