By jajacobs | December 7, 2006
The UK Research Information Network “has published a report on the behaviour, perceptions and needs of researchers as users of discovery services.”
One interesting quote:
The main uses of all the more general tools (such as Google, other forms of general web search and asking colleagues) are for more general background information activities. It is, however, worth noting that the general tools are also used to locate datasets whereas bibliographic tools are not. This suggests that datasets have not yet entered the mainstream as far as perceptions of how to locate them and that more focused tools are not providing the detail that researchers need.