• Information-Seeking Behavior and Use of Social Science Faculty Studying Stateless Nations: A Case Study

      Meho, Lokman I.; Haas, Stephanie W. (Elsevier, 2001-05)
      The information-seeking behavior of social science faculty studying the Kurds was assessed using a questionnaire, citation analysis, and follow-up inquiry. Two specific questions were addressed: how these faculty locate relevant government information and what factors influence their seeking behavior and use of such information. Results show that besides using traditional methods for locating relevant government information, social science faculty studying the Kurds use the World Wide Web and electronic mail too for that purpose, suggesting that these faculty are aware of, and utilize, new information technology to support their research. Results also show that the information-seeking behavior of social science faculty studying the Kurds is influenced by factors similar to those influencing other social science faculty. Moreover, results also show that accessing the needed materials is a major information-seeking activity that should be added to David Ellis's behavioral model, and that faculty examined here employ a somewhat more elaborate "differentiating" information-seeking activity than the one described in the model. Some elements of interdisciplinarity of Kurdish studies as a field of research has been discovered, however, further research is required to verify that. Implications on library services and suggestions for future research are presented.