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Article: Development of information search expertise: Research students' knowledge of databases

TitleDevelopment of information search expertise: Research students' knowledge of databases
Authors
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
Citation
Online Information Review, 2005, v. 29 n. 6, p. 621-642 How to Cite?
Abstract
Purpose - 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.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/48563
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2013 Impact Factor: 1.443
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
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dc.contributor.authorChu, SKWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLaw, Nen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-22T04:17:17Z-
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dc.date.issued2005en_HK
dc.identifier.citationOnline Information Review, 2005, v. 29 n. 6, p. 621-642en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1468-4527en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/48563-
dc.description.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.en_HK
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dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectDatabasesen_HK
dc.subjectDesign and developmenten_HK
dc.subjectInformation searchesen_HK
dc.subjectKnowledge managementen_HK
dc.subjectPostgraduatesen_HK
dc.subjectSkillsen_HK
dc.titleDevelopment of information search expertise: Research students' knowledge of databasesen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailChu, SKW: samchu@hku.hken_HK
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