Field-Specific Information Needs of Doctoral Students in Psychology. A Comparative Study
The purpose of this exploratory study (to be held between February 2015 and June 2016) is to investigate the information needs of doctoral students in the field of psychology. The research will seek to identify the main information challenges and problems of doctoral students in their research process. There are three researched institutions: University of Warsaw, University of Lille 3, and University of California, Berkeley. The study will build upon information literacy (IL), the concept of methodological literacy as well as information behavior, and use of social media in science. The study involves comparisons of how Ph.D. candidates handle their retrieved information, obstacles they meet, and choices they make while searching for information. In 2015, the author conducted a pilot study among Polish and French doctoral students. This paper summarizes the findings at this stage of research.
KeywordsInformation literacy Information behavior Information needs Doctoral students in psychology Comparative study
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