Research Priorities and Projects

Priority areas for research

Conceptualising information literacy as a field of research and study;

Exploring the relationship between information behaviour and information literacy;

Developing and evaluating research methodologies appropriate to investigating information literacy and information behaviour;

Investigating the nature and impact of pedagogy for information literacy (teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum design);

Exploring information literacy and information behaviour in the workplace;

Illuminating the experience and practice of information literacy in the information society, through all stages and ages of life

Research projects:

(Ongoing) Information worlds of non-residential informal carers. Investigators: Sheila Webber, Pamela McKinney and Mary Crowder. More information at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/is/research/projects/nicinfo

(Ongoing) Food logging: an information literacy perspective. Investigators: Pam McKinney, Andrew Cox, Laura Sbaffi and Paula Goodale. More information at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/is/research/projects/foodlogging

Deep Critical Information Behaviour. 2010-2012. Principal Investigator Nigel Ford, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. More information at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/is/research/projects/deepcritical

Understanding The Dynamics Of Information Seeking: Analysing Researchers’ Strategic Changes Over Time. 2005-2007. Principal Investigator Nigel Ford, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

  • Ford, N., Eaglestone, B., Madden, A. & Whittle, M. (2009). Web searching by the “general public”: an individual differences perspective. Journal of Documentation, 65(4), 632-667. https://doi.org/10.1108/00220410910970285
  • Madden, A.D., Eaglestone, B., Ford, N.J. and Whittle, M. (2006). Search engines: a first step to finding information: preliminary findings from a study of observed searches. Information Research, 12(2). http://InformationR.net/ir/12-2/paper294.html

UK academics’ perceptions of, and pedagogy for, information literacy (collaboration with University of Strathclyde). 2002-2005. Principal Investigator Sheila Webber, Co-Investigator Bill Johnston, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. More information at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/is/research/projects/infoliteracy

Education for evidence-based citizenship: improving pupils' information seeking skills. 2001-2004. Principal Investigator Nigel Ford, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Outputs:

  • Madden, A.D. Ford, N.J., Miller, D. & Levy, P. (2006). Children’s use of the internet for information-seeking: What strategies do they use, and what factors affect their performance? Journal of Documentation, 62(6), 744-761. https://doi.org/10.1108/00220410610714958
  • Madden, A.D. Ford, N.J. & Miller, D. (2007). Information resources used by children at an English secondary school: Perceived and actual levels of usefulness. Journal of Documentation, 63(3), 340-358. https://doi.org/10.1108/00220410710743289
  • Madden, A., Ford, N., Miller, D. & Levy, P. (2005). Using the Internet in teaching: the views of practitioners (A survey of the views of secondary school teachers in Sheffield, UK). British Journal of Educational Technology, 36(2), 255-280. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2005.00456.x