Researchers' use and perceptions of discovery services
Abstract:This article describes a study investigating how academic researchers in the UK use discovery services to find different kinds of information resources relevant to their research. The study shows that they use a very wide range of services, from Google to highly specialized databases, to find information relevant to different stages in their research. Researchers treat searching an integral part of the research process; their central concern is that they might miss something, and they tend to refine down from a large set of search results. Most are confident in their skills, though librarians see them as conservative in the tools they use and unsophisticated in their methods. Finally, we point to some gaps in provision as reported by researchers.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 1, 2007
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