ERIC Number: ED435398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Use of Information Sources by Prospect Researchers.
Dragga, Amy L.
This study surveyed the membership of the Ohio Prospect Research Network to ascertain where prospect researchers get most of the information necessary to perform their jobs. It was hypothesized that prospect researchers do not utilize the library, even when the same services or information may be found for free at the library. A questionnaire was developed to ascertain methods of obtaining information for prospect research. The first part of the survey explored library usage by asking how often members visited libraries, types of libraries visited, and what factors influenced their decision to choose a library over other methods of obtaining information. The second part of the survey consisted of a list of specific resources commonly used in prospect research. Respondents were asked where they were most likely to access those sources. The last part of the survey listed common research functions performed by prospect researchers, and respondents were asked which type of resource was most useful when performing those functions. Analysis of the information-seeking functions commonly performed by prospect researchers shows that the majority of information needs may be met with the combined use of sources available in-house (print, online services, and Internet) without having to utilize the library. Data shows that prospect researchers rarely consult with librarians. A copy of the questionnaire is appended. (Contains 13 references and 20 notes.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Fund Raising, Information Needs, Information Retrieval, Information Seeking, Information Sources, Institutional Advancement, Internet, Library Services, Nonprofit Organizations, Occupational Surveys, Professional Associations, Questionnaires, Research Tools, Researchers, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Use Studies, User Needs (Information), Users (Information)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio