A Slice of Research Life: Information Support for Research in the United States
An OCLC Research Report by:
Susan Kroll and Rick Forsman.
Written by Susan Kroll and Rick Foresman for OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership, this report summarizes interviews held with researchers, research assistants, graduate students, grant and other research administration specialists, and university administrators at four elite U.S. research universities. Participants reported on how they use information in the course of their research, what tools and services are most critical and beneficial to them, where they continue to experience unmet needs, and how they prioritize use of their limited time. While some universities have devised services to better manage data and other information derived from research, many researchers flounder in a disorganized and rising accumulation of useful findings that may be lost or unavailable when conducting future research.
For more information:
Kroll, Susan and Rick Forsman. 2010. "A Slice of Research Life: Information Support for Research in the United States." Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research. http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/library/2010/2010-15.pdf