How do researchers use online journals?

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research_blogging_icon.jpghttp://blogs.nature.com/mfenner/2010/03/08/evaluating-usage-patterns-of-online-journals

Researchers looked at how Oxford Journals were used and found the following:

-One third use journals at non-work hour times (weekends and evenings)
-Around 40% of sessions originated from a Google Search
-Little time on pages but frequent visits
-The median age of articles was 48 months (life sciences), 73 months (economics), and 90 months (history)
Life sciences users rarely read abstracts on publisher platforms

Here is the academic article on this research:
Nicholas, D., Clark, D., Rowlands, I., & Jamali, H. (2009). Online use and information seeking behaviour: institutional and subject comparisons of UK researchers Journal of Information Science, 35 (6), 660-676 DOI: 10.1177/0165551509338341

This could be used as part of an assignment--by reading it and asking students to reflect on how they use the journal literature or library literature or Google and how long they spend. It would be interesting to ask students to budget out the time they spend doing research (e.g. x% Google, x% reading x, x% Library database searching, etc.)

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