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dc.contributor.advisor Stoker, David
dc.contributor.advisor James, Su Cooke, Alison Louise 2009-10-23T15:37:55Z 2009-10-23T15:37:55Z 1999
dc.identifier.citation Cooke, Alison, L. (1999) 'The development of a tool for assessing the quality of Internet-based medical information sources', Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University en
dc.description.abstract The research aimed to determine whether a tool or technique could be developed to assist librarians and other information professionals in the selection and evaluation of information sources available via the Internet. A literature review was conducted to examine techniques in use for assessing information quality, to determine their applicability to information available via the Internet, and for use by information professionals. A qualitative, user-centred investigation was conducted to explore the information seeking behaviour of health and medical users of the Internet based in an academic environment and to develop a theory of information quality assessment. The investigation was particularly concerned with how assessments of information quality were made, whether criteria could be identified from users describing their own information seeking experiences, and whether criteria applied across a range of different source types available via the Internet. A draft evaluation tool was developed and distributed to library and information professionals in order to elicit feedback on its potential value and usefulness in assessing the quality of Internet-based information sources. The study concludes that an assessment of information quality is dependent upon the needs of the user and the source used. Furthermore, quality assessment is a complex process involving consideration of a wide range of inter-related factors which affect perceptions of source quality. However, it is possible to develop a grounded theory regarding source assessment, and both a range of generally applicable criteria and source specific criteria were identifiable from different interviewees' comments. An evaluation tool was developed based upon these findings which was well received by the librarians and information professionals who were asked to review it. Further research is required to evaluate the effectiveness of the tool through its implementation and testing, and to broaden the scope of the criteria by examining the information seeking behaviour of a wider range of Internet users. en
dc.description.sponsorship UWA en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.title The development of a tool for assessing the quality of Internet-based medical information sources en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype doctoral thesis en

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