Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 64: 177-192 (2010)

短報Brief Communication

短期大学図書館における情報探索行動の実験的検討An experimental study of the information search process at a college library

1名古屋柳城短期大学教務課Academic Affairs, Nagoya Ryujo College ◇ 〒466-0034 愛知県名古屋市昭和区明月町2番54号 ◇ Meigetsucho 2-54, Nagoya Showa-ku, Aichi 466-0034, Japan

2名古屋大学大学院情報科学研究科Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University ◇ 〒464-8601 愛知県名古屋市千種区不老町 ◇ Furocho, Nagoya Chikusa-ku, Aichi 464-8601, Japan

3筑波大学大学院図書館情報メディア研究科Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba ◇ 〒305-8550 茨城県つくば市春日一丁目2番地 ◇ Kasuga 1-2, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8550, Japan

受付日:2010年3月31日Received: March 31, 2010
受理日:2010年9月19日Accepted: September 19, 2010
発行日:2010年12月20日Published: December 20, 2010




Purpose: This study empirically analyzes how users access information resources and evaluate and use information, in the information environment of a college library where physical information resources and digital information resources are mixed. In searching such resources, it is important to clarify the conditions that affect the search performance. We focus on whether clarifying the conditions before searching influences the search behavior or not.

Methods: We conducted a search experiment with 44 college students and empirically examined their processes of searching electronic and physical information resources within the library. In this experiment, the subjects were divided into two groups: one was assigned the task of investigating “keywords” and “information resources” as search conditions before searching, and the other was not. We examined the following two aspects: 1) behavioral characteristics and patterns of using information resources, and 2) differences in behavior between the two groups. To facilitate the analysis, we compared the results with those of past studies on information searching behavior.

Results: A comparison of the behavior between the two groups revealed that clarifying “keywords” beforehand affects the searching behavior. The group assigned the task of investigating keywords executed searches using more keywords and accessed more web pages in the same amount of time, compared with the group not assigned the task. As for the behavior of using information resources, a bias toward using either digital information resources or physical information resources was observed, and some regular patterns in behavior of changing the search target were found.

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