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Title:"I Go Into a Lot of Different Places to Get my Research": Graduate Students' Mental Models of Research Tools and Services
Author(s):Khoo, Michael; Massam, Diana; Jones, Hilary
Subject(s):information seeking/retrieval
information services
human-computer interaction
Abstract:Students have access to a wealth of digital information resources from a wide range of publishers. This paper introduces a preliminary analysis of focus group data that asked graduate students in the U.K. how they used a range of library and non-library tools and services to seek information for class projects. The findings suggest a mental model of graduate student information practice is built on a ‘whatever works’ approach rather than any deep knowledge of technical information seeking practices. This model does not differentiate significantly between different services and tools, and has as its goal getting (retrieving) and using (deploying) information in support of various aspects of student life.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-23

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