ERIC Number: ED142483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Information-Gathering Habits of Academic Historians: Report of the Pilot Study.
Uva, Peter A.
The research study analyzed the information-gathering habits of academic historians. It is hoped that the research will lead to an understanding of the role of information in the research process and will ultimately be of use in the design of new information systems or the reorganization of existing systems. The first section contains a review of previous research, including studies which considered historians' use of sources through citation analysis. Fifty-two academic historians, representing faculties at Cornell University and the University of Rochester, were surveyed. The main objective was to identify the specific stages of research in progress and to isolate different sources of information behavior at each point in the research process. Methodology involved the critical incident technique applied in a self-administered mailed questionnaire. Five stages of research were identified as problem selection, detailed planning, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and writing-rewriting. Some conclusions were that there are different information needs associated with the different stages, and that primary materials or data of historical research are the most important information source in almost every stage. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Syracuse. Upstate Medical Center.
Note: Study prepared by the Library of the Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse