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Title: Individual differences in social media use for information seeking
Authors: Sin, Sei-Ching Joanna
Tsai, Tien-I
Kim, Kyung-Sun
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media::Media studies
Issue Date: 2014
Source: Kim, K. S., Sin, S. C. J., & Tsai, T. I. (2014). Individual Differences in Social Media Use for Information Seeking. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(2), 171-178.
Series/Report no.: The journal of academic librarianship
Abstract: This study investigated which social media platforms are used as information sources, and for what purposes. It also examined how user characteristics are related to the use of different platforms. A Web-based survey was used to collect data from undergraduate students. Responses from more than 800 students showed that most of the social media platforms are used as information sources, where wikis, user reviews, and media-sharing sites emerged as the top platforms. The purpose of use varied across platforms. T-test and ANOVA results also revealed individual differences. Significant differences in gender, class level, academic discipline, and Big Five personality traits were found in the frequency of information seeking using different platforms and also in the purpose of use. Study findings have implications for information literacy (IL) education and information services. Because many students are actively using social media platforms for a variety of information-seeking purposes, it is suggested that IL programs embrace social media as potential information sources and offer effective strategies for using and evaluating these increasingly popular social media sources.
ISSN: 0099-1333
DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2014.03.001
Rights: © 2014 Elsevier B.V. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Elsevier. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [].
Fulltext Permission: open
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