ERIC Number: EJ1131172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Fast and Furious (At Publishers): The Motivations behind Crowdsourced Research Sharing
Gardner, Carolyn Caffrey; Gardner, Gabriel J.
College & Research Libraries, v78 n2 p131-149 Feb 2017
Crowdsourced research sharing takes place across social media platforms including Twitter hashtags such as #icanhazpdf, Reddit Scholar, and Facebook. This study surveys users of these peer-to-peer exchanges on demographic information, frequency of use, and their motivations in both providing and obtaining scholarly information on these platforms. Respondents also provided their perspectives on the database terms of service and/or copyright violations in these exchanges. Findings indicate that the motivations of this community are utilitarian or ideological in nature, similar to other peer-to-peer file sharing online. Implications for library services including instruction, outreach, and interlibrary loan are discussed.
Descriptors: Social Media, Web 2.0 Technologies, Demography, Computer Mediated Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Peer Relationship, Incidence, Use Studies, Copyrights, Academic Libraries, Library Research, Student Surveys, Student Motivation, Usability, Mass Media Use
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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