Understanding information seeking behavior of rural women: Field studies in China
LIU Jiqun1; YAN Hui2; Hui Yan(E-mail:yanhui@nankai.edu.cn)
2014-12-19
发表期刊Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science
卷号7期号:4页码:16-30
摘要
Purpose: The purpose of this research is to investigate Chinese rural women's information needs and information seeking behavior, with an emphasis on exploration of the intervening variables that influence information needs and information seeking behavior.

Design/methodology/approach: The sample consisted of 27 women from 9 villages in Gansu Province, Anhui Province and Tianjin City, China. Data were collected through in-depth individual interview. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were employed to analyze the data.

Findings: Chinese rural women's needs are basically tied to agricultural technologies, employment and health information. Social network, rather than the Internet, serves as the most frequently used information channel. Women’s cognitive ability, social role and their living environment are the 3 intervening variables that have an impact on their information needs and their information seeking behavior.

Research limitations: This qualitative research is based on a small sample and conducted on specific socio-economic settings in China, which may restrict the generalization and application of relevant findings in other settings and countries.

Practical implications: The study results will help librarians and information professionals better understand Chinese rural women's information needs and information seeking behavior in an effort to find ways to solve problems they may encounter in their information seeking process.

Originality/value: This paper introduced an analysis framework that provides an integrated perspective on understanding information needs and information seeking behavior of Chinese women in rural areas.
 
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Purpose: The purpose of this research is to investigate Chinese rural women's information needs and information seeking behavior, with an emphasis on exploration of the intervening variables that influence information needs and information seeking behavior.

Design/methodology/approach: The sample consisted of 27 women from 9 villages in Gansu Province, Anhui Province and Tianjin City, China. Data were collected through in-depth individual interview. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were employed to analyze the data.

Findings: Chinese rural women's needs are basically tied to agricultural technologies, employment and health information. Social network, rather than the Internet, serves as the most frequently used information channel. Women's cognitive ability, social role and their living environment are the 3 intervening variables that have an impact on their information needs and their information seeking behavior.

Research limitations: This qualitative research is based on a small sample and conducted on specific socio-economic settings in China, which may restrict the generalization and application of relevant findings in other settings and countries.

Practical implications: The study results will help librarians and information professionals better understand Chinese rural women's information needs and information seeking behavior in an effort to find ways to solve problems they may encounter in their information seeking process.

Originality/value: This paper introduced an analysis framework that provides an integrated perspective on understanding information needs and information seeking behavior of Chinese women in rural areas.
 
文章类型Research Paper
关键词Rural Woman Information Need Information Seeking Information Behavior Community Informatics
学科领域新闻学与传播学 ; 图书馆、情报与文献学
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所属项目编号Grant No.: 11CTQ009
语种英语
项目资助者This work is supported by the National Social Science Foundation of China
文献类型期刊论文
条目标识符http://ir.las.ac.cn/handle/12502/7622
专题Journal of Data and Information Science_Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science-2014
通讯作者Hui Yan(E-mail:yanhui@nankai.edu.cn)
作者单位1.Department of Information Management, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
2.Department of Information Resources Management, Business School, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
第一作者单位中国科学院文献情报中心
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LIU Jiqun,YAN Hui,Hui Yan. Understanding information seeking behavior of rural women: Field studies in China[J]. Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,2014,7(4):16-30.
APA LIU Jiqun,YAN Hui,&Hui Yan.(2014).Understanding information seeking behavior of rural women: Field studies in China.Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,7(4),16-30.
MLA LIU Jiqun,et al."Understanding information seeking behavior of rural women: Field studies in China".Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science 7.4(2014):16-30.
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