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Source and User Characteristics Affecting the Source Selection Behavior

Kyung-Sun Kim; Sei-Ching Joanna Sin

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


The study was conducted to examine how and why college students select certain information sources over others for their course-related work. The study focused on the relationship between source and user characteristics (e.g., problem-solving style) and the source selection behavior. Research questions included: (1) What are the frequently used sources? Do users with different problem-solving styles select and use different sources? (2) What are the criteria considered to be important for the source selection? Do users with different problem-solving styles view the importance of selection criteria differently? and (3) What are the source characteristics related to the actual use? Does the relationship between the characteristics and selection/use of sources change depending on users' problem-solving styles? Web survey with semantic differential rating scales was used to collect data. Students from a public university participated in the study (n=122). Findings suggest that users' problem-solving style (emotion-focused vs. problem-focused) affect the sources selection behavior (including source usage, source characteristics related to the selection).

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