How Children Gauge Information Trustworthiness in Online Search: Credible or Convenience Searcher?

Noorhidawati, Abdullah and Basar, Siti Khairatul Razifah (2019) How Children Gauge Information Trustworthiness in Online Search: Credible or Convenience Searcher? Pakistan Journal of Information Management and Libraries, 21. pp. 1-19. ISSN 2409-7462,

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This study investigates children’s information search behaviour to learn about their search characteristics. The study uses a qualitative approach by observing and noting children’s searching process. A total of 30 children aged 7-9 years participated in this study. The unobtrusive observation of children’s searching process via the Web were recorded using Camtasia software. Probing interviews were used to gather understanding on how the children perceive information trustworthiness. The data was analysed using a thematic coding approach. The findings highlighted two main characteristics of children’s search: Credible Searcher and Convenience Searcher. The children in general could gauge information trustworthiness and have confidence with regard to the relevance, reliability and the credibility of resources. The children do not consider source reputation and currency as an important criterion when seeking information. This study contributes to a better understanding of information trustworthiness as reflected in young children’s information seeking and processing. © 2019, University of the Punjab. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya High Impact Research Grant (No: UM.C/625/1/HIR/MOHE/FCSIT/16/ H-22001-00-B00016)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Convenience searcher; Credible searcher; Information behavior; Information credibility; Information seeking; Information trustworthiness; Young children
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 05 May 2020 04:32
Last Modified: 05 May 2020 04:32

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