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dc.date.accessioned2022-01-13T19:05:05Z
dc.date.available2022-01-13T19:05:05Z
dc.date.issued2020-06-05
dc.identifier.citationGordon, I. D., Cameron, B. D., Chaves, D., & Hutchinson, R. (2020). Information seeking behaviors, attitudes, and choices of academic mathematicians. Science & Technology Libraries, 39(3), 253-280. https://doi.org/10.1080/0194262X.2020.1758284en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/15584
dc.description.abstractMathematicians in academic institutions utilize a variety of resources and strategies to seek, find, and use scholarly information and news. Using a sample of mathematicians, researchers surveyed 112 students and faculty at four Canadian university institutions to explore self-perceived success rates, resources consulted, databases used, use of social media, and citation management systems. Further, 12 follow-up interviews were completed with mathematicians to better interpret survey results, resulting information-seeking behaviors, choices, strategies, and feelings on keeping up to date with information needs. According to survey results, a minority of mathematicians (12.5 percent) acknowledged that they were successfully keeping up to date. However, a significant number of mathematicians (28.6 percent) indicated that they were unsuccessful and could do better in remaining current with information needs. Co-investigators, using qualitative analyses, identified four emergent themes related to remaining current: (1) The “slower pace of math” pervades all aspects of this discipline;” (2) There are “too many papers – and not enough time” to effectively search, evaluate, and read scholarly papers of interest; (3) Mathematicians collectively acknowledge that they are open to strategies and technologies where they “could do better” keeping up to date; and (4) Mathematicians have divided loyalties using databases when searching for information by means of “MathSciNet in a Google world.” Additional insights document how mathematicians are guided by mathematical peculiarities and discipline-specific practices. This study helps to shed light on opportunities for academic librarians to identify and meet mathematicians’ evolving information needs.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
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dc.titleInformation Seeking Behaviors, Attitudes, and Choices of Academic Mathematiciansen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.source.journaltitleScience & Technology Libraries
dc.source.volume39
dc.source.issue3
dc.source.beginpage253
dc.source.endpage280
refterms.dateFOA2022-01-13T19:05:06Z


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