Thursday, September 03, 2020
New articles: Faculty in Jordan; Undergraduates in China; Parents information seeking
Further Research. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(8), e19985. https://www.jmir.org/2020/8/e19985
A notable flaw in this "systematic" review (evidently not picked up in peer review!) is that they didn't search any information databases (such as LISA), but just medical ones plus Google Scholar, and although they did search PubMed (which includes some information science journals) and Scholar, their search was very limited in terms of alternatives to "information seeking" (e.g. it didn't include "information searching" or "information behavio(u)r"). Moving on from that gripe, it is a useful search of the medical literature on this topic. From the abstract " A total of 33 studies met the inclusion criteria. Findings suggest that parents worldwide are heavy online users of health-related information for their children across highly diverse circumstances. A total of 6 studies found high parental health anxiety, with prevalences ranging from 14% to 52%. Although parents reported wishing for more guidance from their pediatrician on how to find reliable information, they rarely discussed retrieved information from the web. The conceptual model of proxy online health information seeking includes 49 variables."
- Niqresh, M., & Al Dwairi, K. (2020). The degree of possession of the faculty members at Princess Alia University College for the skills on the use of databases and its relation to research performance. International Journal of Library and Information Science, 12(1), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.5897/IJLIS2019.0893
"This study aimed to know the viewpoint of faculty members at Princess Alia University College [which is in Jordan] on the degree of possession of the skills to use databases and its relationship with their research performance and to investigate the effect of gender, experience, qualification, and academic rank on the point of view of faculty members.The study sample consisted of 40 faculty members, males (17) and females (23) from Princess Alia University College. Means and standard deviations and t-test were used to analyze the results. The results showed that there were statistically significant differences in the views of the faculty members on the degree of possession of skills on the use of databases and its relationship with their research performance. It also showed a statistically significant difference at the level of significance (α ≥ 0.05) in their views attributed to the experience. There are statistically significant differences at the level of significance (α ≥ 0.05) in their views attributed to gender, and results also showed the existence of clear statistically significant differences in the views of the faculty members on the degree of possession of the skills on the use of databases and its relationship with their research performance by reason of qualification and academic rank variables."
- Jiang, X. et al. (2020). Investigation of Information Literacy of Undergraduate. ICIEI 2020: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information and Education Innovations. (pp.52–55) https://doi.org/10.1145/3411681.3411690
"We collected the questionnaires of 11051 students from 65 universities [in China], which are selected from 16 provinces and 35 cities." "By the investigation, we find the following cases. (1) The students have less access to information. The utilization of school libraries is not high. (2) The students can't process information well, and are not familiar with literature retrieval and search engine methods. And these have the limited search methods and want to learn the methods of academic research. (3) The students talked excessively, violated other people's privacy or reputation, and 54.73% of the students could not report illegal websites. The reason is the lack of understanding of laws and regulations"
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