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A study of information-seeking behavior and user perceptions of academic researchers

10 Mar 2010-
TL;DR: Examination of the information‐seeking behavior of science and social science research scholars, including service effectiveness, satisfaction level on different type of sources and various methods adopted by the scholars for keeping up to date finds no significant difference.
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the information‐seeking behavior of science and social science research scholars, including service effectiveness, satisfaction level on different type of sources and various methods adopted by the scholars for keeping up to date.Design/methodology/approach – Data were gathered using a questionnaire survey of 200, randomly selected, PhD students of science and social science departments of four universities in Kerala, India.Findings – Although similarities exist between social science and science PhD students with regard to information‐seeking behavior, there are significant differences as well. There is a significant difference between science and social science scholars on the perception of the adequacy of print journals and database collection which are very relevant to the research purposes. There is no significant difference between science and social science scholars on the perception of the adequacy of e‐journals, the most used source for keeping up...
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30 Jun 2020
TL;DR: In this article, the authors analyze the comportamento informacional dos pesquisadores do PGGO -UFRGS focing on the criterios e motivacoes of publicacao de artigos em periodicos cientificos.
Abstract: portuguesAnalisa o comportamento informacional dos pesquisadores do PGGO – UFRGS[1] focado nos criterios e motivacoes de publicacao de artigos em periodicos cientificos. Apresenta uma pesquisa mista, quali-quantitativa, com a aplicacao de um questionario junto aos pesquisadores do PPGGO. Arrola os criterios de busca, selecao e uso da informacao que tenham por objetivo a publicacao. Categoriza as motivacoes dos pesquisadores no momento da publicacao de artigos em periodicos cientificos. Lista os periodicos mais utilizados para publicacao pelos pesquisadores da area. Conclui que tanto os criterios que condicionam a busca de informacao em relacao a escolha do periodico cientifico a ser publicado o artigo quanto o que e levado em consideracao na selecao dos canais cientificos calcam-se principalmente no Fator de Impacto do periodico, na Tabela Qualis da CAPES e na tematica do periodico. Ressalta tambem a importância aferida aos periodicos internacionais, principalmente aos escritos em lingua inglesa. Observa quanto as motivacoes para publicacao de artigos que os itens mais importantes versam sobre o reconhecimento academico advindo da publicacao, a possibilidade de ser citado por outros autores e o tema ser do seu interesse e enfoque. [1] Trabalho realizado com financiamento do CNPq (Processo - 431367/2016-7). EnglishAnalyse the informational behaviour of the researchers from PPGGO - UFRGS focused on the criteria and motivations for publishing articles in scientific journals. The study shows a mixed, qualitative-quantitative research, with the application of a questionnaire with the researchers from PPGGO. It lays down criteria for the search, selection and use of information for publication purposes. It lists the most used journals for publications by researchers of the field. It concludes that both the criteria that condition the search for information in relation to the choice of the scientific journal in which to publish the article and what is taken into account in the selection of scientific channels are mainly based on the impact factor of the journal, in the CAPES Qualis table and in the journal's theme. It also stresses the importance of international journals, especially those written in English. It observes as to the motivations for publication of articles that the most important items deal with the academic recognition coming from the publication, the possibility of being cited by other authors and the subject being of their interest and focus.

5 citations

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TL;DR: The author provides suggestions on how current information services and products can be improved to better serve the users and makes recommendations for improving library services and technologies to better meet the information needs of social sciences scholars in general.
Abstract: Information-seeking behavior is one of the most important areas of user studies and a concept affected by many factors. Previous researches in these areas indicate that the information-seeking practices of scholars are dependent on their field of research, and vary from one discipline to another. This paper examines the information-seeking behavior of scholars in the social sciences, based on the premise that information-seeking behavior follows universally applicable stages and patterns worldwide. The study was conducted at the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER). Fifty eight active social sciences scholars were interviewed via a questionnaire about their information sources for research and consultancy purposes, their preference for electronic or printed formats, their use of electronic or Internet resources, and how they meet or satisfy their information needs, among others. Results show that journals and books were the most preferred information sources, and a large majority of scholars “regularly” used electronic information resources for their research and consultancy needs. The findings of the study also demonstrate diverse usage patterns for electronic information resources among users of different academic ranks and age range. Based on the research findings, the author provides suggestions on how current information services and products can be improved to better serve the users. The author also makes recommendations for improving library services and technologies to better meet the information needs of social sciences scholars in general.

3 citations

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TL;DR: An alternative, problem‐solving model is presented, which, it is suggested, provides a basis for relating the models of information seeking and other aspects of information behaviour in appropriate research strategies.
Abstract: This paper presents an outline of models of information seeking and other aspects of information behaviour, showing the relationship between communication and information behaviour in general with information seeking and information searching in information retrieval systems. It is suggested that these models address issues at various levels of information behaviour and that they can be related by envisaging a ‘nesting’ of models. It is also suggested that, within both information seeking research and information searching research, alternative models address similar issues in related ways and that the models are complementary rather than conflicting. Finally, an alternative, problem‐solving model is presented, which, it is suggested, provides a basis for relating the models in appropriate research strategies.

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TL;DR: The information seeking patterns of a group of research physicists and research chemists were analysed and the key features of those patterns identified and fundamental differences in information seeking behaviour could not be determined.
Abstract: The information seeking patterns of a group of research physicists and research chemists were analysed and the key features of those patterns identified. The aim was to use a similar methodology to that employed in a previous study of the information seeking activities of a group of social scientists and to effect a comparison between the information seeking patterns of the scientists and the social scientists. The information seeking patterns were derived from interviews with physicists at Manchester University and chemists at the University of Sheffield. The methodology adopted for the interviews and analysis was qualitative and based on the grounded theory approach. The results were then compared with the findings of the previous study of the social scientists to try and identify similarities and differences between the two groups. Certain minor variations concerned with awareness levels of facilities, the extent of usage of a source and the research stage at which a strategy may be employed were identified. Nonetheless, fundamental differences in information seeking behaviour could not be determined. Finally, the extent to which developments in electronic communication have had any impact on the information or communication patterns of the scientists and social scientists is considered.

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  • ...Jamali and Nicholas (2008) revealed that differences in information-seeking behavior exist among people with different academic status. They identified that those with higher academic status, such as professors, relied more on word of mouth and interpersonal communications such as conferences for keeping up to date, while PhD students were more likely to use alerting services. Kuffalikar and Mahakulkar (2003) analyzed the information-seeking behavior of users of Nagpur University and found that internet surfing, conferences/seminars/workshops/ refresher courses have widely helped the users in seeking current, updated information in their respective fields....

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01 Jan 1983
TL;DR: In this paper, an article de synthese examinant les divers elements des etudes d'utilisateurs and tentant de les integrer a un modele general de comportement de recherche d'information.
Abstract: Article de synthese examinant les divers elements des etudes d'utilisateurs et tentant de les integrer a un modele general de comportement de recherche d'information. Bibliographie importante d'articles et de rapports sur le sujet

480 citations


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  • ...Krikelas (1983) defined information-seeking behavior as: Any activity of an individual that is undertaken to identify a message that satisfies a perceived need....

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  • ...According to Wilson (1999, 2000), information-seeking behavior includes: Those activities a person may engage in when identifying their own needs for information, searching for such information in any way, and using or transferring that information....

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TL;DR: Because many students are actively using social media platforms for a variety of information-seeking purposes, it is suggested that IL programs embrace social media as potential information sources and offer effective strategies for using and evaluating these increasingly popular social media sources.

116 citations