This article reports the results of a longitudinal study of over 9100 citations from 629 master's and doctoral theses written between 1973 and 1992 at a large midwestern land-grant university. The results of this study suggest that graduate students writing theses favor current research regardless of disciplinary affiliation. The length of theses increased over time and the number of citations in thesis bibliographies varied by discipline. Implications of the results for collection development and scholarship as well as areas for future research are discussed.
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