Journal of Documentation: Volume 70 Issue 6


Table of contents - Special Issue: Festschrift in honour of Nigel Ford

Cognitive styles within an exploratory search system for digital libraries

Paula Goodale, Paul David Clough, Samuel Fernando, Nigel Ford, Mark Stevenson

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effects of cognitive style on navigating a large digital library of cultural heritage information; specifically, the paper focus on…


Cognitive styles and the use of electronic journals in a mobile context

Chu-Han Chan, Chen-Wei Hsieh, Sherry Y. Chen

The purpose of this paper is to examine how different cognitive style groups use electronic journals via mobile devices, with an emphasis on the use of search mechanisms, the…

Serendipity and its study

Allen Edward Foster, David Ellis

– The purpose of this paper is to explore the concept of serendipity and approaches to its study particularly in relation to information studies.


Research and practice: A critical reflection on approaches that underpin research into people's information behaviour

Mark Hepworth, Philipp Grunewald, Geoff Walton

The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical discussion on the nature of research into people's information behaviour, and in particular the contribution of the…


Genre fiction readers: a quantitative exploration of provided construct ratings

Briony Birdi

– The purpose of this paper is to adapt a repertory grid technique to investigate fiction readers’ attitudes and beliefs, with a specific focus on minority ethnic fiction.

Spanning information behaviour across the stages of a learning task: Where do personality and approach to studying matter?

Jannica Heinström, Eero Sormunen, Sarita Kaunisto-Laine

The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of personality (intellectual curiosity, conscientiousness and negative emotionality) and approach to studying (deep, strategic and…


Relevance behaviour in TREC

Ian Ruthven

The purpose of this paper is to examine how various types of TREC data can be used to better understand relevance and serve as test-bed for exploring relevance. The author…

Untangling search task complexity and difficulty in the context of interactive information retrieval studies

Barbara Wildemuth, Luanne Freund, Elaine G. Toms

One core element of interactive information retrieval (IIR) experiments is the assignment of search tasks. The purpose of this paper is to provide an analytical review of current…


The Information School at the University of Sheffield, 1963-2013

Melanie T. Benson, Peter Willett

The purpose of this paper is to describe the historical development of library and information science (LIS) teaching and research in the University of Sheffield's Information…

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