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Unformatted text preview: INFORMATION-SEEKING BEHAVIOR OF SCIENTISTS AND THEIR ADAPTATION TO ELECTRONIC JOURNALS by Amy C. Gleeson A Masters paper submitted to the faculty of the School of Information and Library Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Library Science. Chapel Hill, North Carolina April, 2001 Approved by: ___________________________ Advisor Amy C. Gleeson. Information-Seeking Behavior of Scientists and Their Adaptation to Electronic Journals. A Masters paper for the M.S. in L.S. degree. April, 2001. 38 pages. Advisor: Claudia J. Gollop This paper presents a study that was conducted at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) during the Spring 2001 semester. The study examined the affect of electronic journals on the information-seeking behavior of scientists over the past ten years. The author attempted to prove that the relationship has become stronger at the Institute during this time frame and that it has, in turn, affected the physical usage of the library. An end-user survey, which was distributed to approximately 200 scientists, was employed as the method of evaluation. The main goal of this research was to better inform the librarians at the NIEHS Library about the preferences of their patrons and assist them in making important decisions about the librarys physical and electronic collection. Among the results it is revealed that a majority of the scientists have integrated e-journals into their information-seeking routine and considered them an important resource. Headings: Library Schools Theses University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Information needs Evaluation Communication of scientific and technical information Surveys Electronic journals Information services Special subjects Environment ii Table of Contents Abstract.. i List of Tables and Charts . iii Introduction .. 1 Review of the Literature ... 4 Methodology . 9 Results . 13 Conclusion ... 26 Works Cited . 28 Appendix A .. 29 Appendix B .. 31 Appendix C .. 33 Appendix D .. 35 Appendix E .. 38 iii...
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