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Communication and information-seeking behavior of research students in physicists and astronomy

Hamid R. Jamali and David Nicholas

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


As a part of a wider doctoral research, this paper deals with the communication and information-seeking behavior of PhD students in physics and astronomy. Based on a qualitative case study of research students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London, this study seeks to derive behavioral patterns in information-seeking activities of research students. The study aims to investigate the intradisciplinary differences in information-seeking activities of physicists and astronomers. The findings show the high reliance of research students in physics and astronomy on electronic journals and their low use of libraries. The findings reveal differences in the information-seeking patterns of students who conduct theoretical research and those of whom are involved in experimental research.

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