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J Med Libr Assoc. 2014 Jul;102(3):169-76. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.102.3.006.

Information-seeking behavior and the use of online resources: a snapshot of current health sciences faculty.

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sgroote@uic.edu , Assistant Professor and Scholarly Communication Librarian, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago, 801 South Morgan, Chicago, IL 60607; shultz@uic.edu , Assistant Professor and Regional Head Librarian, Library of the Health Sciences-Urbana, University of Illinois at Chicago, 506 South Mathews Urbana, IL 61801; dblecic@uic.edu , Assistant Professor and Collections Coordinator, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago, 801 South Morgan, Chicago, IL 60607.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The research assesses the information-seeking behaviors of health sciences faculty, including their use of online databases, journals, and social media.

METHODOLOGY:

A survey was designed and distributed via email to 754 health sciences faculty at a large urban research university with 6 health sciences colleges.

RESULTS:

Twenty-six percent (198) of faculty responded. MEDLINE was the primary database utilized, with 78.5% respondents indicating they use the database at least once a week. Compared to MEDLINE, Google was utilized more often on a daily basis. Other databases showed much lower usage.

CONCLUSIONS:

Low use of online databases other than MEDLINE, link-out tools to online journals, and online social media and collaboration tools demonstrates a need for meaningful promotion of online resources and informatics literacy instruction for faculty.

IMPLICATIONS:

Library resources are plentiful and perhaps somewhat overwhelming. Librarians need to help faculty discover and utilize the resources and tools that libraries have to offer.

PMID:
25031557
PMCID:
PMC4076125
DOI:
10.3163/1536-5050.102.3.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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