PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference
11-13 July, 2007
By: Mia Quint-Rapoport
OISE/UT, Higher Education, Theory and Policy Studies
Study research questions:
How do ‘non-target’ users use the OA index Pubmed?
Do Pubmed search tools facilitate use of lit. for these groups?
Which tools are most/least useful?
The Open Access question
- Interviews with 18
- Varying degrees of education.
- Recruited from 3 different sources.
- 1-1.5 hour lesson in use of Pubmed.
- Some face to face, some over the phone
Interviews were transcribed.
Transcriptions were coded for themes.
Codes were synthesized and analyzed.
Based on grounded theory research methods.
Limits: (e.g. by gender).
Related Articles - liked to browse.
Boolean (in combination with above).
Participants frustrated by lack of access.
Pubmed not for an exclusive user group - broader applications.
Search and retrieval tools facilitate engagement.
Scholarly and scientific information is ‘useful’ for this non-target group.
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