User behaviour: searching for scholarly material using electronic resource discovery systems

Stelmaszewska, Hanna and Wong, B. L. William and Bhimani, Nazlin and Barn, Balbir (2010) User behaviour: searching for scholarly material using electronic resource discovery systems. In: BCS '10 Proceedings of the 24th BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference. British Computer Society, pp. 17-26. ISBN 9781780171302

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Abstract

This paper reports on user behaviour when interacting with various electronic resource discovery systems (ERDS) while searching for scholarly material. It focuses on the search strategies applied by 34 students and researchers in Business and Economics from three UK universities to find relevant information on a specified topic. The findings of the study are presented in relation to existing information-seeking models. Although there are a lot of similarities between existing models we have found some differences between those and our study. These are: the use of personal/social networks to develop keywords for the queries as well as obtaining relevant material, study participants very rarely applied only one search strategy but tended to carry out combined searches which vary depending on the user group, and participants used different means of storing material. We expect these findings to help shape a set of requirements for next generation information discovery provisions in academic libraries.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > SensoLab group
Item ID: 12737
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Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2013 13:58
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:29
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12737

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