ERIC Number: ED390416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Delphi Study To Ascertain Evaluation Guidelines for Business Resources on the Internet.
Heidman, Kelly R.
This study points out the need for evaluation criteria for business resources on the Internet, so that both corporations and special libraries will be better able to judge the value of the Internet as an information source and increase their competitive edge in today's global market. The research addresses concerns that unfiltered information on the Internet is rarely subject to standards for validity and accuracy. Data was collected from two rounds of questionnaires sent to information specialists, librarians, and corporate Internet users through listservs and newsgroups. The respondents' comments suggested that business information on the Internet may well rise in perceived or actual reliability if it includes statements regarding the source of the data, if prefatory materials,"readme" files, or a statement on frequency of updates are added, and if the index shows a large degree of detail and depth. The results also stressed the need for evaluative guides rather than simple locators, for demonstration of greater usefulness of Internet information in general, and for filenames that better reflect information content. There was disagreement over whom should be called upon to index or catalog electronic information and whether Internet sources could eventually replace print sources. Sample questionnaires, with accompanying data for each question, are appended. (Contains 43 references.) (BEW)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Business Information; Business News
Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.