How do people use electronic information resources?

Research funded by the JISC, RIN and others over recent years has helped to increase understanding of how students and researchers use electronic information resources. Analysis of Web logs – such as the work done for the e-Books Observatory Study by CIBER at UCL – has proved a fruitful line of inquiry.

A new study – which has now been underway for a few months (so apologies for this late post) – seeks to add to this evidence through detailed observation of how individual students and researchers in Business and Economics use a number of information resources in their area (such as Business Source Premier).

The aim is to observe how individuals react to and use particular interfaces and then to explore those behaviours through structured interviews.

The work is being conducted by Middlesex University and is being complemented by an analysis of Web logs for a selection of Business and Economics e-books and e-journals by CIBER.

A report of the findings is expected during the autumn.

For further information, please visit the project Web page on the JISC Web site.