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Wilson, Katie; Neylon, Cameron; Montgomery, Lucy; Huang, Chun-Kai – Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 2019
Introduction: Open access to digital research output is increasing, but academic library policies can place restrictions on public access to libraries. This paper reports on a preliminary study to investigate the correlation between academic library access policies and institutional positions of openness to knowledge. Method: This primarily…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Library Policy, Foreign Countries
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Chen, Juan; Liu, Yong – Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 2018
Introduction: Previous studies suggest that the users of social question and answer Websites contribute their knowledge to a community in exchange for intrinsic rewards from other members, such as reciprocity and reputation. Thus, rewarding knowledge contributors is of great importance for maintaining the users of such Websites. However, there is…
Descriptors: Rewards, Web Sites, Social Exchange Theory, Foreign Countries
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Wang, Sufang; Yu, Jieli – Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 2017
Introduction: Visually impaired people in China are socially excluded in multiple ways, such as employment, social status and information access. The purpose of this study is to examine their information needs and information seeking behaviour. Method: Two ways of data collection were employed: a telephone survey with a questionnaire in the first…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Visual Impairments, Access to Information, Information Seeking
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Deng, Shengli; Lin, Yanqing; Liu, Yong; Chen, Xiaoyu; Li, Hongxiu – Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 2017
Introduction: Personality and trust have been found to be important precursors of information-sharing behaviour, but little is known about how these factors interact with each other in shaping information-sharing behaviour. By integrating both trust and user personality into a unified research framework, this study examines how trust mediates the…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Social Media, Social Networks, Structural Equation Models
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Deng, Shengli; Fang, Yuling; Liu, Yong; Li, Hongxiu – Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 2015
Introduction: The popularity of social question and answer sites has made it an important and convenient source for obtaining knowledge. This study quantifies how three different system characteristics (interface design, interaction and answer quality) affect users' perceptions (perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use and perceived enjoyment),…
Descriptors: Users (Information), Experience, Information Services, Influences
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Grandbois, Jennifer; Beheshti, Jamshid – Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 2014
Introduction: This study aims to gain a greater understanding of the development of open access practices amongst library and information science authors, since their role is integral to the success of the broader open access movement. Method: Data were collected from scholarly articles about open access by library and information science authors…
Descriptors: Journal Articles, Library Science, Information Science, Access to Information
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Wang, Lin – Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 2013
Background: Cultural-historical activity theory is an important theory in modern psychology. In recent years, it has drawn more attention from related disciplines including information science. Argument: This paper argues that activity theory and domain analysis which uses the theory as one of its bases could bring about some important…
Descriptors: Information Science, Social Theories, Intellectual Disciplines, Holistic Approach
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Cen, Yonghua; Gan, Liren; Bai, Chen – Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 2013
Introduction: The study seeks to answer two questions: How do university students learn to use correct strategies to conduct scholarly information searches without instructions? and, What are the differences in learning mechanisms between users at different cognitive levels? Method: Two groups of users, thirteen first year undergraduate students…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Freshmen, College Seniors, Search Strategies
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Lopez-Herrera, A. G.; Cobo, M. J.; Herrera-Viedma, E.; Herrera, F.; Bailon-Moreno, R.; Jimenez-Contreras, E. – Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 2009
Introduction: Presents the first bibliometric study on the evolution of the fuzzy sets theory field. It is specially focused on the research carried out by the Spanish community. Method. The CoPalRed software, for network analysis, and the co-word analysis technique are used. Analysis: Bibliometric maps showing the main associations among the…
Descriptors: Network Analysis, Maps, Foreign Countries, Information Retrieval