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Research in Medical Education 2011, 3(2): 19-28 Back to browse issues page
Evaluation of References' Accuracy and their Influential Factors in Medical and Dental Dissertations of Guilan University of Medical Sciences between 2006 and 2011
M Mardani Givi *, K Asadi, M Haghighi, Kh Saheb Ekhtiari, K Hashemi Motlagh
, Mardani@gums.ac.ir
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Introduction: Dissertations could be evaluated from two views studied subjects and citations. With regard to importance and necessity of presenting citations in students dissertations or articles present study seeks to evaluate the citations of medical and dental students' dissertations in order to find the effector factors on their quality in the last 5 years. Methods: In this sectional-analytical study all medical and dental students' dissertations which have been written between years 2006 and 2011 (425 cases) were included. First 10 references of each dissertation (4233 cases) were selected. All evaluated citations were graded into 5 groups: excellent, good, fair, poor and very poor. The only acceptable and error-free group was "excellent" and others had errors to some degree and were unacceptable. A checklist was used for the study and gathered information was analyzed by SPSS ver. 19. Results: From all dissertations, 26.8% were medical and 73.2% were dental. All dental and 98.1% of medical dissertations had clinical supervisors. The mean half-life of references were more than 5 years in 86% of dental and 70.7% of medical dissertations (P<0.001). Dissertations' grade were increased by increment in their scores but this correlation was statistically weak in dental (P=0.043) and had no significant in medical group (P=0.321). 10% of medical and 7.9% of dental dissertations gained excellent grade (P=0.007). Conclusion: Weak or no significant correlation between references' counts, half-lives and grades with dissertations' score demonstrated the inattention to accuracy of citation from students, supervisors and review board.
Keywords: Academic Dissertations, Bibliography, Citation
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Mardani Givi M, Asadi K, Haghighi M, Saheb Ekhtiari K, Hashemi Motlagh K. Evaluation of References' Accuracy and their Influential Factors in Medical and Dental Dissertations of Guilan University of Medical Sciences between 2006 and 2011. Research in Medical Education. 2011; 3 (2) :19-28
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Volume 3, Number 2 (10-2011) Back to browse issues page
پژوهش در آموزش علوم پزشکی Research in Medical Education