NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ1151848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-5786
A Content Analysis of Strategies and Tactics Observed among MLIS Students in an Online Searching Course
Ondrusek, Anita L.; Ren, Xiaoai; Yang, Changwoo
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, v58 n3 p141-159 Sum 2017
Online searching is a skill that all professional programs educating librarians consider an essential part of their curricula. However, investigations of online searching behavior have centered almost exclusively on end users, and there have been no recent formal studies that explore the online searching behaviors of MLIS students. In this study, the researchers conducted a qualitative content analysis by coding documents collected from assignments in an MLIS online searching course. The analysis used typologies derived from previous research that identified specific strategies and tactics employed in information retrieval. Taken as a whole, the results suggested that there are signposts instructors can expect to encounter when evaluating strategies and tactics in online searching assignments. The typologies provided the vocabulary needed to classify those strategies and tactics--a key ingredient for future studies of online searching performance.
Association for Library and Information Science Education. 2150 N 107th Street Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98133. Tel: 206-209-5267; Fax: 206-367-8777; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A