Student search behaviour in a digital library

Wodehouse, Andrew, Grierson, Hilary, Ion, William and Juster, Neal (2006) Student search behaviour in a digital library. In: E&DPE 2006, the 8th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 7 - 8 September 2006, Salzburg, Austria.

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Digital repository have become increasingly popular in recent years, but suffer from poor levers of use by engineering designers. The of this work is therefor to evaluate student information searching behaviour using a digital library. The Integrating Design Project (IDP) was a 6-week project where students had to search for relevant information, develop concepts and prototype them. Throughout the project, all interactions with the digital library were logged by the system, allowing research and teaching staff to monitor activity. In addition, questionnaires were distributed to garner student opinion on the usability and usefulness of the library. There were several key findings, including: a need for embedded information literacy support; an advantage to close proximity of collaborative tools to the digital library; a tendency for students to browse for material; and peak usage at the project stat and end. The student-generated nature of the material in the LDL gives the content a contextual quality it is hoped will encourage use throughout the design process and in divers project arenas.

Keywords:Engineering design, information retrieval, design data
Divisions:Professional services > Vice Chancellors Office
ID Code:47096
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