Information behaviour of humanities PhDs on an information literacy course

Show simple item record Madden, Ronan 2014-04-28T15:58:50Z 2014-04-28T15:58:50Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation Ronan Madden, (2014) "Information behaviour of humanities PhDs on an information literacy course", Reference Services Review, Vol. 42 Iss: 1, pp.90 - 107 en
dc.identifier.volume 42 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 90 en
dc.identifier.endpage 107 en
dc.identifier.issn 0090-7324
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/RSR-07-2013-0034
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The aim of this paper is to examine whether an information literacy course/module is an appropriate intervention during the initial months of a humanities PhD, and if there is more that can be learned from the course participants that might provide a better understanding of their information behaviour. Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire was distributed to new humanities PhD students prior to their attending the course. A second questionnaire was distributed to those who had completed the course in full. Interviews were conducted with six participants to gain a richer understanding of how their information-seeking needs had evolved. Findings – Despite the relatively generic nature of the module, and the diversity of humanities research, the course had clear benefits for the participants. In their first year, scoping their topic and finding quality information can pose a challenge. The participants reported that the most appropriate time to attend the course is during the initial months. Some preferred to attend (or repeat) particular units later as workshops. The most valued elements were those that helped them bridge initial gaps. Face-to-face delivery is preferred. There is some potential for further one-to-one contact with librarians and additional follow-up workshops. Practical implications – This study can inform how librarians can better support PhD researchers in the humanities. Originality/value – The study is based around an established and accredited humanities PhD course that has already been adapted in various ways in terms of content and timing of delivery. Drawing on Kuhlthau's "Information Search Process", the study seeks a deeper understanding of a specific humanities group during the initial months of their PhD research. en
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dc.publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited en
dc.rights This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here ( Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited. en
dc.subject Generic skills en
dc.subject Graduate students en
dc.subject Humanities en
dc.subject Information behaviour en
dc.subject Information literacy en
dc.subject Information seeking en
dc.subject Kuhlthau en
dc.subject PhD students en
dc.subject Research support en
dc.subject Sense-making en
dc.title Information behaviour of humanities PhDs on an information literacy course en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Ronan Madden, Library Information Services, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Reference Services Review en
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