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Purpose – A common criticism of research into information seeking on the internet is that information seekers are restricted by the demands of the researcher. Another criticism is that the search topics, are often imposed by the researcher, and; particularly when working with children, domain...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to specify user‐defined relevance criteria by which people select hyperlinks and pages in web searching. Design/methodology/approach – A quantitative and qualitative analysis was undertaken of talking aloud data from nine web searches conducted about...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review Wilson's (1981) seminal article, “On user studies and information needs” ( Journal of Documentation , 1981, Vol. 37 No. 1, pp. 3‐15) as part of a series celebrating the Journal's 60th anniversary. Design/methodology/approach – This paper...
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to respond to Bawden's review of Wilson's 1981 paper, “On user studies and information needs”. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reflects on the context of the original paper, and on subsequent developments. Findings – The paper comments on a...
Purpose – The objective of this paper is to characterize the changes in the rankings of the top ten results of major search engines over time and to compare the rankings between these engines. Design/methodology/approach – The papers compare rankings of the top‐ten results of the search...
Purpose – Apart from information retrieval there is virtually no other area of information science that has occasioned as much research effort and writing as “user studies”. Within user studies the investigation of “information needs” has been the subject of much debate and no little...
Purpose – The main aim of this paper is to describe the development of a scale designed to measure self‐efficacy for information literacy. Design/methodology/approach – Cronbach's alpha, item analysis and item discrimination indices, principal component analysis, varimax rotation, and...
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