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TitleDevelopment of information search expertise: Research students' knowledge of databases
 
AuthorsChu, SKW1
Law, N1
 
KeywordsDatabases
Design and development
Information searches
Knowledge management
Postgraduates
Skills
 
Issue Date2005
 
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/oir/oir.jsp
 
CitationOnline Information Review, 2005, v. 29 n. 6, p. 621-642 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14684520510638070
 
AbstractPurpose - This paper sets out to report on a study of 12 postgraduate research students' development of information search expertise. It focuses on students' perceived importance and growth of knowledge of different databases as they progress through their studies. Design/methodology/approach - Taking an in-depth longitudinal approach, this study makes use of surveys, direct observations of students' searching of various databases, students' verbalization of their thoughts while searching databases and interviews during a one-year period. The paper focuses on analyzing the data from surveying and interviewing the students with regard to their use of databases. Findings - It was found that many students were initially unfamiliar with many of the databases important to them and that the familiarity developed during the year contributed importantly to their development of information search expertise. This suggests that much work has to be done to inform and instruct students about these "treasures". Research limitations/implications - This study adopted an in-depth longitudinal approach to study 12 students. Although it reveals various interesting observations and findings, it lacks the power of generalization due to its small sample size. Based on the results of this study, it would be meaningful to carry out further studies with a bigger sample to see whether the findings identified in this study will still hold true. Originality/value - Based on the findings, this paper further identifies features that may increase the usefulness of a journal database and makes suggestions on ways to improve library support for the effective use of databases.
 
ISSN1468-4527
2013 Impact Factor: 1.443
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14684520510638070
 
ISI Accession Number IDWOS:000234492700004
 
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dc.identifier.citationOnline Information Review, 2005, v. 29 n. 6, p. 621-642 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14684520510638070
 
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dc.subjectDatabases
 
dc.subjectDesign and development
 
dc.subjectInformation searches
 
dc.subjectKnowledge management
 
dc.subjectPostgraduates
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong