Using theory of reasoned action (TRA) in understanding selection and use of information resources: an information resource selection and use model

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Using theory of reasoned action (TRA) in understanding selection and use of information resources: an information resource selection and use model

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dc.contributor.advisor Erdelez, Sanda, 1960- en_US
dc.contributor.author Tao, Donghua, 1973- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-29T18:58:38Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-29T18:58:38Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008 Spring en_US
dc.identifier.other TaoD-050908-D10295 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/6736
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Mar. 24, 2010). en_US
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Dissertation advisor: Dr. Sanda Erdelez. en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Ph. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2008. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Information science and learning technologies. en_US
dc.description.abstract With advanced computer and networking technologies, more and more information can be accessed electronically. Information overload has become an issue and it is increasingly difficult for a user to quickly identify and locate useful information resources. In order for libraries to provide user-centered services, it is important to examine not only what, but also why information resources are selected and used by users. The present study aims to examine how resource characteristics, library environment, and individual differences factors affect users' selection and use of information resources by testing a proposed model-Information Resources Selection and Use Model (IRSUM) based upon the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) and the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). Public health students in a higher institution in the Midwestern United States were study subject. Data was collected through both focus group and self-reported questionnaires and was analyzed with Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) techniques. The study found that electronic resources were the public health students' primary resources. Three behavior beliefs (perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, and perceived least physical effort) and two normative beliefs (instructor's influence and reference librarian's influence) largely mediated the effect of external variables on the primary resource selection, while fully mediating their impact on the actual resource use. These findings provide important theoretical and practical implications in library and information science and library services. en_US
dc.format.extent xv, 295 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2008 Freely available dissertations (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Information behavior en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Information resources -- Use studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Information retrieval en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Information services en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Research -- Methodology en_US
dc.title Using theory of reasoned action (TRA) in understanding selection and use of information resources: an information resource selection and use model en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Information science and learning technologies en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name Ph. D. en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 568225478 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2008 Dissertations


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