A Survey on the Bibliographies of Theses of Rafsanjan University Medical Students during 1993 to 2003

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Zinat Salem 1 , * , Mohsen Rezaeian 1 , Siyavash Dehghan 1

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1 Iran

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 4 (1); e58436
Published Online: July 28, 2007
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 22, 2017
Accepted: April 10, 2007

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Abstract

Background & Objective: The validity of a thesis is important from two perspectives. First, the
research issue, by itself, and second the references that are used in the research. The present study
was designed to investigate the bibliographies of the theses of Medical students in Rafsanjan
University.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, all of the defended theses of Rafsanjan Medical students
from 1993 to 2003 (a total of 332 theses) were evaluated. Bibliographies were assessed by using a
check list. Data analysis was done by applying descriptive and analytical statistical methods.
Results: Mean (±SD) of the number of references was 25.9(±18.99) and 1.2% of the theses have not
used any references. There was no reference to electronic publications and review articles in the
studied theses. English articles had the highest rate of citation (16.1%) and abstracts presented in the
congresses the lowest (0.08 %). In whole, 61-100% of the references belonged to five years prior to
the study. In 88.5% of the theses, bibliography writing was according to the standard styles.
Conclusion: It is suggested that by planning educational workshops, students be taught to benefit
from using more recent scientific published or electronic references in writing their theses.

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Citation thesis medical students

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