ERIC Number: ED405001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Document Selection and Relevance Assessments during a Research Project.
White, Marilyn Domas; Wang, Peiling
User's information needs and the tasks they face change over the stages of a research project. In previous research by Peiling Wang, a cognitive model of users' document selection behavior for their research projects was developed. This study looks at the general applicability of Wang's model to subsequent decision-making about items selected initially. Data is gathered from a sample of the same researchers on use patterns and reasons for use and citation of relevant items in the original set. The sample consists of 15 faculty and graduate student agricultural economists. Post decisional data related to criteria and decision rules were collected via interviews. The project identifies additional criteria participants used to decide to read or cite documents; finds that not all criteria used to select documents initially, as determined by the 1994 model, continue to be applied; and determines that the decision-making rules identified in the original model are generally applicable to subsequent decision points in the research process. In connection with citation behavior, it also expands Wang's original model by identifying the contributions of the cited documents and metalevel documentation concerns as decision-making factors. Appendices include materials related to clearance and consent; interview guidelines; coding schema; sample coded interview; and definitions of criteria. Fourteen figures and tables accompany the text. (Contains 50 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Coll. of Library and Information Services.