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dc.date.accessioned2022-01-13T19:04:13Z
dc.date.available2022-01-13T19:04:13Z
dc.date.issued2022-01-10
dc.identifier.citationGordon, I. D., Chaves, D., Dearborn, D., Hendrikx, S., Hutchinson, R., Popovich, C. & White, M. (2022). Information seeking behaviors, attitudes, and choices of academic physicists. Science & Technology Libraries, 41, https://doi.org/10.1080/0194262X.2021.1991546en_US
dc.identifier.issn0194-262X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/15583
dc.description.abstractPhysicists in academic institutions utilize a variety of resources and strategies to seek, find, and use scholarly information and news. Using a sample of physicists, researchers surveyed 182 students and faculty at seven Canadian university institutions to explore self-perceived success rates, resources consulted, databases used, and use of social media and citation management systems. To complement the survey, 11 follow up interviews/focus groups were completed with participants to further uncover information-seeking behaviors, choices, strategies, and feelings around keeping up to date with information needs. According to survey results, a minority of physicists (15.4%) acknowledged that they were successfully keeping up to date. However, a significant number of physicists (28.6%) indicated that they were unsuccessful and could do better in remaining current with information needs. Co-investigators, using qualitative analyses, identified four emergent themes: (1) There are “too many papers – and not enough time” to effectively search, evaluate and read scholarly papers of interest; (2) Staying up to date is important especially in competitive research areas; (3) Graduate students seek information differently than faculty and experienced researchers; and (4) The arXiv database is important to many physicists. Additional minor themes included physics-related publishing is constantly evolving; physicists use a variety of information-seeking behaviors; and, information-seeking methods can differ between physics subdisciplines. This study aims to shed light on opportunities for academic librarians to identify and meet physicists’ evolving information behaviors, attitudes, choices, and needs.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectPhysicistsen_US
dc.subjectinformation-seeking behaviorsen_US
dc.subjectinformation needsen_US
dc.subjectinformation sourcesen_US
dc.titleInformation Seeking Behaviors, Attitudes, and Choices of Academic Physicistsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/0194262x.2021.1991546
dc.identifier.eissn1541-1109
dc.identifier.pii10.1080/0194262X.2021.1991546
dc.source.journaltitleScience & Technology Libraries
dc.source.beginpage1
dc.source.endpage31
refterms.dateFOA2022-01-13T19:04:14Z


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