An initial study of information seeking behavior of researchers as faculty/student team members
HU Dehua; ZHANG Juan; CHE Dan; LUO Aijing; HU Dehua (E-mail: hudehua2000@163.com)
2014-06-25
Source PublicationChinese Journal of Library and Information Science
ISSN1674-3393
Volume7Issue:2Pages:43-54
Abstract
Purpose: This study was carried out to uncover the characteristics of information seeking behavior of researchers as faculty/student team members.

Design/methodology/approach: An inventory encompassing 6 dimensions of information seeking behavior was developed: Information awareness, information acquisition, information evaluation, information organization and management, information utilization and information ethics. Data was collected on 306 respondents from 52 faculty/student teams in Central South University in China and analyzed using SPSS18.0 software.

Findings: Significant differences were found among researchers with different genders in information awareness and in different academic disciplines in information acquisition and information utilization. The survey shows the characteristics of information seeking behavior of different gender groups and different teams: 1) male participants got higher scores in all of the 6 dimensions of information seeking behavior; 2) small teams performed best, followed by middle-sized teams and large teams; 3) faculty/doctoral student teams possessed better information seeking skills than faculty/master's student teams or faculty/doctoral and master's student teams; 4) medical teams achieved the highest level in all of the 6 dimensions of information seeking behavior, whereas natural science teams the lowest level. Medical and engineering teams were rated higher than other teams in information acquisition and information utilization.

Research limitations: The small population size and doctoral students accounting for only a small portion of the respondents in the sample limit the generalization of our findings.

Practical implications: The findings of this study have some implications for research and practice, especially for educational institutions, library science and information literacy training.

Originality/value: This paper is the first to describe and analyze the characteristics of information seeking behavior of researchers as faculty/student team members.
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Purpose: This study was carried out to uncover the characteristics of information seeking behavior of researchers as faculty/student team members.

Design/methodology/approach: An inventory encompassing 6 dimensions of information seeking behavior was developed: Information awareness, information acquisition, information evaluation, information organization and management, information utilization and information ethics. Data was collected on 306 respondents from 52 faculty/student teams in Central South University in China and analyzed using SPSS18.0 software.

Findings: Significant differences were found among researchers with different genders in information awareness and in different academic disciplines in information acquisition and information utilization. The survey shows the characteristics of information seeking behavior of different gender groups and different teams: 1) male participants got higher scores in all of the 6 dimensions of information seeking behavior; 2) small teams performed best, followed by middle-sized teams and large teams; 3) faculty/doctoral student teams possessed better information seeking skills than faculty/master's student teams or faculty/doctoral and master's student teams; 4) medical teams achieved the highest level in all of the 6 dimensions of information seeking behavior, whereas natural science teams the lowest level. Medical and engineering teams were rated higher than other teams in information acquisition and information utilization.

Research limitations: The small population size and doctoral students accounting for only a small portion of the respondents in the sample limit the generalization of our findings.

Practical implications: The findings of this study have some implications for research and practice, especially for educational institutions, library science and information literacy training.

Originality/value: This paper is the first to describe and analyze the characteristics of information seeking behavior of researchers as faculty/student team members.
KeywordInformation Seeking Behavior Faculty/student Team Information Literacy
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Funding OrganizationThis work is supported by the National Social Science Foundation of China (Grant No.: 11BTQ044).
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.las.ac.cn/handle/12502/7212
CollectionJournal of Data and Information Science_Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science-2014
Corresponding AuthorHU Dehua (E-mail: hudehua2000@163.com)
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HU Dehua,ZHANG Juan,CHE Dan,et al. An initial study of information seeking behavior of researchers as faculty/student team members[J]. Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,2014,7(2):43-54.
APA HU Dehua,ZHANG Juan,CHE Dan,LUO Aijing,&HU Dehua .(2014).An initial study of information seeking behavior of researchers as faculty/student team members.Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,7(2),43-54.
MLA HU Dehua,et al."An initial study of information seeking behavior of researchers as faculty/student team members".Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science 7.2(2014):43-54.
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