This post was originally published on the ProQuest Blog
In 2015, ProQuest conducted a study on researchers’ use of news resources. This is the fourth post in a five-part series focused on the study results and use of news resources in research.
After looking at how users conduct research over a six-month period, we gathered a great deal of noteworthy data. When it comes to searching news content, full-text news articles published before 1980 are the most preferred content type. Researchers want to travel further back in time to explore what people thought, the current events of the day, and lifestyle and purchasing habits. In addition to full-text news articles, researchers were most interested in the front page/cover story of a newspaper, and news articles in context where product advertisements, entertainment listings, photos and images, and cartoons are shown alongside articles revealing more about the past. Reading first-hand accounts from the past and comparing them to today’s news provides researchers with fresh perspectives.
Source: ProQuest News user surveys, 2015