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  • 1 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia Ciudad Universitaria 04510 México D.F. (Mexico) Ciudad Universitaria 04510 México D.F. (Mexico)
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A comparative analysis carried out on the literature citation characteristics of two sets of Mexican research documents produced in the veterinary field-the undergraduate thesis and the research journal article-revealed distinct patterns of literature usage on the part of the authors. It is suggested that the differences reflect the relative qualities of the research undertaken by two populations with distinct research competence and experience.