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Information searching behaviour of young Slovenian researchers

Polona Vilar (Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Maja Žumer (Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 26 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of an empirical study of information behaviour of young Slovenian researchers.

Design/methodology/approach

Built on some well‐known models of scholarly information behaviour the study complements a previously conducted study of the same population, which focused on the aspects of user friendliness. This second study is an attempt to shape a more detailed picture of the investigated user group. Presented are types of scholarly information behaviour, enriched by some complementary issues regarding their behaviour as digital users.

Findings

The respondents were found to express many of the features of both digital scholars and other users of digital technology. Direct searching and power browsing are most often expressed searching behaviours; also common are probing and accessing. Collecting behaviour is mostly expressed through “squirrelling”, and sometimes gathering. Satisfaction with the system and with search results is very influential, but sometimes not decisive, for the user to stay with the system, since attention to the content of the results is also very strong.

Practical implications

The rationale for the study was that understanding users' information behaviour is crucial in the design of their information tools.

Originality/value

Scholarly information behaviour has been extensively studied in Western countries, however, studies of this nature are not so common in Slovenian scholarly literature. As such, this study is one of the first to tackle this issue.

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Citation

Vilar, P. and Žumer, M. (2011), "Information searching behaviour of young Slovenian researchers", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 45 No. 3, pp. 279-293. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330331111151593

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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