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Information seeking and communicating behavior of social science faculty in an academic environment with special reference to the use of electronic journals: A field study.


The study explores the ways Social Science faculty at one academic institution, the University of Pittsburgh, obtain information to support their tasks. The various information sources faculty use, traditional and nontraditional, for different activities or tasks they perform are investigated. The study asked the following questions: (1) What are the types of information sources, electronic or traditional, the faculty consult to support their activities/tasks? and (2) To what degree does each faculty member depend on different information sources? Does the faculty depend on all sources of information at the same level or degree for different tasks, or does the faculty depend on different sources for different tasks in different degrees?