Academic Researchers Alethea Thomas
Who are Academic Researchers? • Case (2012) describes three basic categories: • Science – Math, Physics, Chemistry, Engineers • Social Science – Communication, Archeology, Criminology • Humanities – Literature, Philosophy, Religion
Academic Researchers seek to answer questions within their fields. These questions often require conducting studies or experiments.
What Resources do Academic Researchers use? Personal relationships with their fellow colleagues is key
Ellis (1989) identified six core characteristics of information seeking behaviors within the three major areas of academic research. • Starting • Chaining – the following of references • Browsing – noncommittal searches • Differentiating – judging the quality of a resource • Monitoring – awareness of current publications • Extracting – using information of importance • Verifying* • Ending*
Impact of the Internet • More access to colleagues around the world • Searchable digital databases • More access to specialized journals • More access to literature Niu and Hemminger’s findings on the current information seeking behavior of academic researchers points to an over whelming use of bibliographic and citation databases.
With this data in mind, how do we, as information professionals, meet the needs of the Academic researcher?
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