V. Redfern (Australia)
online information seeking, online research tools.
Information seeking by undergraduate and postgraduate
students who are either new to academic research or are
from a non-English speaking background is sometimes
fraught with difficulties and obstacles for the unwary.
Because of personal habits in a home or personal setting
Computer users often resort to using the www and
Google® to find academic materials. Whilst this is not
necessarily an unwise method of finding academic
information, those users still experience similar problems
because they are related to the establishment of effective
search terms. Rootza®™ is an information seeking tool I
developed in an attempt to make online searching easier
for either the novice or non-novice information seeker.
Rootza was researched, developed and experiments
conducted with student participants as a PhD project.
Rootza’s core function is to teach information seekers The
steps of information seeking as well as the 6
elements that form the basis for the evaluation of online
materials acceptable to academic standards. The resulting
research and statistical analysis shows a marked
improvement in the online information seeking skills for
the students who participated in the experiment. This data
suggests that the online core concept thesaucratic
database which informs the user of the steps of
information seeking and the elements which constitute
online academically acceptable information does indeed
assist students and information seekers.