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Web search strategies and human individual differences: a combined analysis

Ford, N., Miller, D. and Moss, N. (2005) Web search strategies and human individual differences: a combined analysis. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 56 (7). pp. 757-764.

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This is the second of two articles published in this issue of JASIST sreporting the results of a study investigating relationships between Web search strategies and a range of human individual differences. In this article we provide a combined analysis of the factor analyses previously presented separately in relation to each of three groups of human individual difference (study approaches, cognitive and demographic features, and perceptions of and approaches to Internet-based information seeking). It also introduces two series of regression analyses conducted on data spanning all three individual difference groups. The results are discussed in terms of the extent to which they satisfy the original aim of this exploratory research, namely to identify any relationships between search strategy and individual difference variables for which there is a prima facie case for more focused systematic study. It is argued that a number of such relationships do exist. The results of the project are summarized and suggestions are made for further research.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2009 12:48
Last Modified: 13 May 2009 16:51
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.20173
Status: Published
Publisher: Wiley
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1002/asi.20173
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8133

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