Current awareness services for web-based scholarly information sources

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. P.A. Van Brakel en
dc.contributor.author Mafa, Ntsopana Carol
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-12T07:23:21Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-12T07:23:21Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01-12T07:23:21Z
dc.date.submitted 2001-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/1857
dc.description M. Inf. en
dc.description.abstract It has become increasingly difficult for end-users to locate, select and organise information published via the World Wide Web. This is largely due to the scattered nature of the Web and its ever-increasing use as publishing infrastructure. More scholarly information is also being published in multimedia format through the Web. Throughout the years, current awareness services and later Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) have provided the means for scholars to keep abreast of the literature in print sources. Today such information is also published via the Web, hence scholars need to have a mechanism to keep abreast of the information published in digital format. Research was conducted to investigate guidelines scholars could use to stay abreast of new Web content. The investigation employed both a literature survey and an empirical method of collecting research data. The literature survey was conducted to establish trends in current awareness services and SDI, the use of the Web for disseminating and retrieving digital information, the impact of the Web on the scholarly communication process and current methods for keeping up to date with Web content. Empirical research in the form of structured interviews was executed to establish the needs of scholars regarding the spectrum of current awareness services that provide Web-based sources. The findings obtained from structured interviews and by means of the literature survey were used to develop a set of guidelines scholars could use to stay abreast of information published via the Web. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Current awareness services en
dc.subject Selective dissemination of information en
dc.subject Web publishing en
dc.subject Scholarly electronic publishing en
dc.subject Scholarly web sites en
dc.title Current awareness services for web-based scholarly information sources en
dc.type Thesis en

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