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Information literacy in the professional literature: an exploratory analysis

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Purpose ‐ The current study aims to review the different publications dealing with information literacy and the emerging trends reflected over the ten years, 1999-2009, in the Web of Science (WOS) database. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The study presents both a statistical descriptive analysis of document type, subject areas, authors, source titles, publication years, languages, countries and keywords of publications extracted from the WOS database, as well as a thorough content analysis of keywords and abstracts extracted from the WOS database. Findings ‐ The main results suggest that the term information literacy has various characteristics in an additional and interesting context: health and medicine. This finding may reflect a tendency of association between information literacy and health and medicine and stresses people's need for information literacy in this specific context. Originality/value ‐ The current study emphasises the notion that information literacy is no longer an issue for librarians or educators only.
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Keywords: Health and medicine; Information literacy; Research work

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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