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Informationssökning vid uppsatsskrivande : studenters användning av sökverktyg

Slagbrand, Johanna LU and Lemark, Erika LU (2014) ABMM54 20141
Division of ALM and Digital Cultures
Abstract
This master's thesis focuses on information seeking from a student perspective. The purpose was to explore how students describe their search for information in relation to writing their master's thesis, where prioritising amongst search tools was one aspect further looked into. Since the context was Lund University and specifically master students within the field of political science, the use of the present discovery system at Lund University, LUBsearch, was explored.

The research questions at hand were: What procedure is carried out by students finding information for their master ́s thesis? On what factors will students base their choices of search tools? What role does LUBsearch have in this information seeking process?

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This master's thesis focuses on information seeking from a student perspective. The purpose was to explore how students describe their search for information in relation to writing their master's thesis, where prioritising amongst search tools was one aspect further looked into. Since the context was Lund University and specifically master students within the field of political science, the use of the present discovery system at Lund University, LUBsearch, was explored.

The research questions at hand were: What procedure is carried out by students finding information for their master ́s thesis? On what factors will students base their choices of search tools? What role does LUBsearch have in this information seeking process?

The theoretical framework used in this thesis was a sociocultural perspective on information seeking. A qualitative method was used and six interviews with master level students in political science were conducted. During the interviews, the participating students were asked to draw a map to illustrate their use of different search tools, their information horizons. Additionally, a technique called CIT, the critical incident technique, was used. Two interviews with librarians were also carried out. One librarian worked at the university library to which the students belonged, and one was specialised in discovery systems and LUBsearch. The findings are presented in five themes: interaction related to information seeking, learning by doing, aspects related to time, source criticism and prioritising amongst search tools.

This thesis shows that there is a gap between the students and the librarians regarding the information seeking process when writing a thesis. The students tend to prefer to search independently by themselves and to rely on previous habits and academic experience. LUBsearch is an important tool in their information seeking and is often used based on former interaction with the library and librarians. The students trust LUBsearch because of its academic connection and context. In a way, LUBsearch can be seen as an interface for the students to the library. However, tools like Google are being used as well. (Less)
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  abstract     = {This master's thesis focuses on information seeking from a student perspective. The purpose was to explore how students describe their search for information in relation to writing their master's thesis, where prioritising amongst search tools was one aspect further looked into. Since the context was Lund University and specifically master students within the field of political science, the use of the present discovery system at Lund University, LUBsearch, was explored.

The research questions at hand were: What procedure is carried out by students finding information for their master ́s thesis? On what factors will students base their choices of search tools? What role does LUBsearch have in this information seeking process?

The theoretical framework used in this thesis was a sociocultural perspective on information seeking. A qualitative method was used and six interviews with master level students in political science were conducted. During the interviews, the participating students were asked to draw a map to illustrate their use of different search tools, their information horizons. Additionally, a technique called CIT, the critical incident technique, was used. Two interviews with librarians were also carried out. One librarian worked at the university library to which the students belonged, and one was specialised in discovery systems and LUBsearch. The findings are presented in five themes: interaction related to information seeking, learning by doing, aspects related to time, source criticism and prioritising amongst search tools.

This thesis shows that there is a gap between the students and the librarians regarding the information seeking process when writing a thesis. The students tend to prefer to search independently by themselves and to rely on previous habits and academic experience. LUBsearch is an important tool in their information seeking and is often used based on former interaction with the library and librarians. The students trust LUBsearch because of its academic connection and context. In a way, LUBsearch can be seen as an interface for the students to the library. However, tools like Google are being used as well.},
  author       = {Slagbrand, Johanna and Lemark, Erika},
  keyword      = {ALM,library and information studies,information seeking,discovery system,LUBsearch,student,information literacy,search tool,master ́s thesis,university library,sociocultural perspective,information horizons,critical incident technique ABM,biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap,informationssökning,discoverysystem,informationskompetens,sökverktyg,masteruppsats,forskningsbibliotek,sociokulturellt perspektiv,informationshorisonter,critical incident technique},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Informationssökning vid uppsatsskrivande : studenters användning av sökverktyg},
  year         = {2014},
}