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Journal usage in the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron from 2006-2011 was determined by counting citations within faculty-supervised dissertations and faculty publications. Ranked title lists were created and correlations between journal usage in faculty publications and faculty-supervised dissertations were measured using Kendall’s rank-correlation coefficient. Dissertations and faculty publications were also organized by research group and correlated within groups. Dissertations and faculty publications were found to have a much stronger positive correlation within the group than within the department. Individual groups were found to have highly variable correlation with each other. Examining journal usage at group level gives a more nuanced view of serials usage for faculty and graduate students than the departmental level. Implications for collection development are discussed.

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This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016, VOL. 28, NO. 2, 73-83. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship is available online at: