ERIC Number: ED174240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of On-Line Search Services on Chemists' Information Style.
Jahoda, Gerald; And Others
Online searches of bibliographic databases were conducted for scientists and technologists in one academic and one industrial setting. In order to determine the effect of this new technological development on its users' information-seeking habits, and to determine how, how often, and with what satisfaction online search services are used, records of use were maintained, and both users and nonusers of the online search service in the two environments were surveyed prior to the start and at the conclusion of the project's first phase. In the first phase, free, mediated (searched by information specialists) search service was provided; in the second phase, mediated search service at half the computer connect and offline printing costs was provided; and in the third phase, free searches were conducted by final user of the information. No striking change in information style that held true for both settings could be identified. Data on over 900 uses of online search service by almost 200 users are broken down and analyzed by such factors as information sources used prior to requesting online search service, amount of negotiation time required, number of non-retrieved relevant documents, and user satisfaction with currency, size, and utility of search output. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.
Identifiers: Chemists; User Characteristics