Finding and Managing Information: Generic information literacy and management skills for postgraduate researchers

Heading, D. (Information Technology Service, Durham University, Science Laboratories, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE UK)
Siminson, N. (Mimas, 5th floor, Roscoe Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL (present address – formerly Durham University Library, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LY UK))
Purcell, C. (Durham University Library, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LY, UK)
Pears, R. (Durham University Library, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LY, UK)

International Journal for Researcher Development

ISSN: 2048-8696

Publication date: 1 April 2010

Abstract

A gap in the linking of information literacy skills and bibliographic software usage was identified in the postgraduate researcher cohort. While the provision was available, many researchers were not integrating the finding of research information and the management of that information using bibliographic software tools. This article describes the linking of these two areas in two courses presented to postgraduate researchers and analyses the feedback from those who attended. Overall, an overwhelmingly positive response was found. Most positively received was the software training, perceived as a “new” skill, while information literacy skills were less well received, due mainly to the perception of those skills as already acquired.

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Heading, ., Siminson, ., Purcell, . and Pears, . (2010), "Finding and Managing Information: Generic information literacy and management skills for postgraduate researchers", International Journal for Researcher Development, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp. 206-220. https://doi.org/10.1108/1759751X201100016

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