Introduction to Scholarly Metrics

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Course Details
Course Type: 
Target Audience: 
Academic and Research Librarians (government, R&D, non-profits)
Course Description

This course will provide an introductory overview of tried-and-true bibliometric indicators, including citation-based metrics such as Journal Impact Factor and h-Index. We will also cover the web-based metrics known as alternative or altmetrics. Scholarly metrics is a rapidly evolving field, so we will also identify some newer bibliometrics and altmetrics tools.

Learning objectives for this session include

Students will come away from the workshop being able to:

  • Identify basic bibliometric and altmetric indicators used in research evaluation processes
  • Generally explain the data underpinnings of altmetrics versus bibliometrics
  • Locate and use sources for scholarly metrics available for free on the World Wide Web
  • Use scholarly metrics appropriately and responsibly
  • Know emerging trends in scholarly metrics and scholarly communication


Homework Expectations
  • Students will be asked to complete a “treasure hunt” worksheet after attending the webinar presentation.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
Session Information
Session Duration: 
This course consists of one 2-hour session.
Contact Hours: 
Elaine Lasda -