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Lite störigt när någonting är ’ogooglingsbart’: Civilingenjörsstudenters informationssökningsbeteende
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
A bit annoying when something is 'ungoogleable' : The information-seeking behavior of Master of Engineering students (English)
Abstract [en]

This bachelor's thesis examines the information-seeking behavior of Swedish engineering students. In comparison with research conducted on professional engineers there is little known about engineering students. The previous research is limited in providing an in-depth understanding of the information-seeking behavior of engineering students. Therefore, this thesis aims to explore the information-seeking activities and factors influencing the activity of choice. A qualitative research approach was applied, and semi-structured interviews were conducted with five students to capture the students’ thoughts and self-perceived experiences. The empirical data was analysed using ‘a non-linear model on information seeking behavior model’ originally created by Foster (2004) later modified by Foster & Urquhart (2012). The model consists of the five broad concepts of Opening, Orientation, Consolidation, Intrinsic Context, and Extrinsic Context. The findings show a rather homogeneous group of engineering students when it comes to information-seeking activities consisting of keyword searching, networking and selective browsing. The influencing factors, however, differ between the students but are summarized in knowledge, affect, motivation, project, time, physical location, and resource access. The findings are consistent with previous research showing that engineering students access information in a fast and effective way due to time constraints with sources that require the least effort, but not at the expense of credibility of the source and quality of the information. Furthermore, the findings are discussed and linked to user education in university libraries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 40
Keywords [sv]
Informationssökningsbeteende, civilingenjörsstudenter, informationssökning, ingenjörer, Allen Foster, Christine Urquhart, ”En icke-linjär modell för informationssökning”
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Information Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69569OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-69569DiVA, id: diva2:1170988
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Library and Information Science
Educational program
Library and information science, 180 credits
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Available from: 2018-01-16 Created: 2018-01-05 Last updated: 2018-01-16Bibliographically approved

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