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Information literacy and information behavior

Research on information behavior investigates how people interact with information: How do people search for information (e.g. using traditional or digital media)? How do they use information, for example to make decisions for future action? Which cognitive, motivational and emotional variables and which other boundary conditions influence these behaviors?

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Information literacy, that means skills and knowledge that people need to be successful when searching for and evaluating information, plays a central role in this process.

The ZPID analyzes (domain-specific) scientific information behavior and develops training programs that foster information literacy for different target groups, for example students, doctoral candidates, and scientists.

Further research investigates information behavior related to daily topics, for example »health« of people at different ages.

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To investigate these topics, the ZPID cooperates with other national and international research institutions. Within the Leibniz Association, the ZPID works with partners from the Leibnitz Research Alliances »Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN)1« and »Healthy Ageing2«.

Projects and Research Topics

The project »BLInk« analyzes scholarly information literacy in psychology students and develops an intervention to foster the corresponding skills.
more about »BLInk«

Applying a longitudinal design, the project »WisE« analyzes structure and development of novices' professional knowledge networks in the domains of psychology and computer sciences.
more about »WisE«

The project »GInKA« investigates health information literacy in middle-aged and older adults and aims at developing and evaluating training concepts.
more about »GInKA«

The project »HILK« aims at devising a knowledge test assessing adults' health information literacy.
more about »HILK«

URLs of external links on this page:

  1. http://www.leibniz-education.de/?lang=en
  2. http://www.leibniz-gesundes-altern.de/en/start/


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Additional Information

Dr. Anne-Kathrin Mayer
Phone: +49 (0)651 201-2930
Fax: +49 (0)651 201-2071
Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information
Universitätsring 15,
54296 Trier, Germany
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