The Information Seeking Behaviour of Distance Learners: A Case Study of the University of London International Programmes

Tury, S., Robinson, L. & Bawden, D. (2015). The Information Seeking Behaviour of Distance Learners: A Case Study of the University of London International Programmes. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41(3), doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2015.03.008

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Abstract

An examination of the information behaviour of distance learning students is described, based on a case study of the International Programmes of the University of London. A comprehensive literature analysis, and comparison of relevant information behaviour models were carried out, supported by a survey of student behaviour. Following a pilot study, the main survey gained responses from 649 students, in 81 countries and following diverse study programmes. A variety of inter-related factors were found to influence information behaviour, level and subject of study being most significant. Ease and speed of access, and familiarity of sources were predominant factors. An extension of Wilson's information behaviour model is proposed to cater for the specific features of the distance learning context.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: information behaviour; distance learners; students; digital libraries
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: School of Informatics > Department of Information Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/11937

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