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Mapping knowledge domains of Chinese digital library research output, 1994–2010

  • Limei Zhao
  • Qingpu Zhang


The aim of this paper is to identify the research paradigms on digital libraries in China while compared with that of international digital libraries research via scientometric analysis. Co-word network constructed by keywords in documents and their co-occurrence relationships is a kind of mapping knowledge domains, which represents the cognitive and intellectual structure of science. A total of 6068 and 1250 papers published between 1994 and 2010 were, respectively retrieved from the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and ScienceDirect databases with a topic search of digital libraries or digital library in abstracts of papers. This paper uses methods of co-word analysis, social network analysis and mapping knowledge domains as theory basis, with assistance of softwares of UCINET and Netdraw, to construct the co-word network of digital libraries/library research in China, present the study status quo and evolution on digital libraries/library in China and analyze the research paradigm structure of digital libraries/library in China.


Digital libraries/library research Co-word analysis Social network analysis Mapping knowledge domains 

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This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 70873027, Natural Science Foundation of Heilongjiang Province of China under Grant G201006, Educational Commission of Heilongjinag Province Project in China under Grant 11554143, and Open Laboratory Project in Heilongjiang University in China under Grant 11K319.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina
  2. 2.School of Information ManagementHeilongjiang UniversityHarbinChina

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