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dc.contributor.authorGordon, Ian D.
dc.contributor.authorMeindl, Patricia
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Michael
dc.contributor.authorSzigeti, Kathy
dc.identifier.citationGordon, I. D., Meindl, P., White, M. & Szigeti, K. (2018). Information seeking behaviors, attitudes, and choices of academic chemists. Science & Technology Libraries, 37(2), 130-151.
dc.description.abstractChemists in academic institutions utilize a variety of resources and strategies to remain current and to track scholarly information, patents, and news. To explore how chemists in academic institutions remain current, librarians at four Canadian university institutions surveyed 231 and interviewed 14 chemistry faculty, staff, and graduate students on their information seeking behaviors and attitudes. According to survey results, a minority of chemists (13.9 percent) acknowledged that they were successfully keeping up to date, while 50.6 percent indicated that they were somewhat successful. However, a significant number of chemists (35.5 percent) indicated that they were unsuccessful and could do better in remaining current with information. Investigators analyzing focus group data identified three emergent themes related to remaining current: (1) there is “too much information – and not enough time.” No single information seeking strategy works; (2) “patents are important – but messy.” Chemists find themselves largely suspicious about the value and credibility of patents; and (3) chemists “could do better” in keeping up to date with new and emerging technologies. Chemists continue to be open to new tools and resources yet readily acknowledge that they are too often not sure which information seeking behaviors, resources, or strategies work best. This study helps to shed light on opportunities to identify and meet chemists’ evolving information needs.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.titleInformation Seeking Behaviors, Attitudes, and Choices of Academic Chemistsen_US
dc.source.journaltitleScience & Technology Libraries

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