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Information seeking by humanities scholars

Buchanan, G; Cunningham, SJ; Blandford, A; Rimmer, J; Warwick, C; (2005) Information seeking by humanities scholars. In: Rauber, A and Christodoulakis, S and Tjoa, AM, (eds.) RESEARCH AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR DIGITAL LIBRARIES. (pp. 218 - 229). SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN Green open access


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This paper investigates the information seeking of humanities academics and scholars using digital libraries. It furthers existing work by updating our knowledge of the information seeking techniques used by humanities scholars, where the current work predates the wide availability of the Internet. We also report some of the patterns observed in query and term usage by humanities scholars, and relate this to the patterns they report in their own information seeking and the problems that they encounter. This insight is used to reveal the current gap between the skills of information seekers and the technologies that they use. Searches for 'discipline terms' prove to be particularly problematic.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Information seeking by humanities scholars
Event: 9th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL 2005)
Location: Vienna, AUSTRIA
Dates: 2005-09-18 - 2005-09-23
ISBN: 3-540-28767-1
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: digital libraries, human-computer interaction, information seeking, humanities, ONLINE SEARCHING PROJECT, KNOWLEDGE, PATTERNS, BEHAVIOR, WEB
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5155
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