ERIC Number: ED201340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Individualized Instruction for Data Access (IIDA). Quarterly Report No. 8.
Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Graduate School of Library Science.; Franklin Inst. Research Labs., Philadelphia, PA.
A brief summary of the progress and status of the Individualized Instruction for Data Access (IIDA) project is followed by a report dealing with two studies in the environment for which the system was intended. These field experiments were conducted with research engineers and chemists at two different Exxon Research and Engineering Company sites. In one of these--the baseline study--the performance and reactions of IIDA trained and assisted researchers were compared with those who had searches done for them by professional intermediaries. In the second--the training method study--the performance and reaction of IIDA trained and assisted searchers were compared with those of searchers trained by conventional methods and then assisted in searching by IIDA. Thus the focus in the first study was upon the adequacy of IIDA as a system for retrieving information, while the second was upon IIDA as a way of providing online search training. Findings are discussed as they pertain to the goal of providing a method of allowing direct user access to bibliographic searching, and recommendations are made for future research. Copies of both the pre- and post-searching questionnaires are appended. (RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Graduate School of Library Science.; Franklin Inst. Research Labs., Philadelphia, PA.