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Title:Pull or push? Exploring graduate students’ source preferences in seeking academic information
Author(s):Pu, Hsiao-Tieh
Subject(s):Academic information seeking behavior
Information pull and push
Information source horizon
Abstract:As information becomes more accessible nowadays, people obtain information through diverse sources and with different access patterns. This exploratory study employed interviews and participant-drawn information source maps to collect graduate students’ preferred sources as well as information access types in seeking academic information. The results show that the participants preferred information-intensive sources like electronic databases, institutional websites, and search engines; and real human sources like advisors and peers, while social media was less preferred sources. Most of the sources position as pull-oriented, and push-oriented sources were less occurred in academic contexts. The study also proposed an innovative representation of preliminary results combining two dimensions of source preferences and information access types. The semicircle spectrum diagram elucidates the participants’ academic information source horizon and provides a common phenomenon from a new perspective, which may spark interests for future related research.
Issue Date:2017
Citation Info:Pu, H.-T. (2017). Pull or Push? Exploring Graduate Students’ Source Preferences in Seeking Academic Information. In iConference 2017 Proceedings (pp. 617-621).
Series/Report:iConference 2017 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Hsiao-Tieh Pu
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-07-27

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