Reading List on Information Literacy Research

This paper lists research publications on information literacy relevant in the context of Know-Id project.


  1. Bawden, D. 2001. Information and digital literacies: a review of concepts. Journal of Documentation 57 (2), 218-259.
  2. Heinström, J. (2010). From fear to flow. Personality and information interaction. Oxford: Chandos.
  3. Kuhlthau, C.C. 2004. Seeking meaning: a process approach to library and information services. 2nd ed. Westport, Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited.
  4. Kuhlthau, C.C., Maniotes, L.K. & Caspari, A.K. 2007. Guided inquiry. Learning in the 21th century. Westport: Libraries Unlimited.
  5. Lloyd, A. &  Talja, S.  (Eds.) Practising Information Literacy: Bringing Theories of Learning, Practice and Information Literacy Together. Wagga Wagga: Charles Sturt University, Centre for Information Studies.
  6. Sormunen, E. & Poikela, E. (Eds.) 2008c. Informaatio, informaatiolukutaito ja oppiminen. [Information, Information Literacy and Learning] Tampere: Tampere University Press. [in Finnish]
  7. Tanni, M. & Sormunen, E. 2008. A critical review of research on information behavior in assigned learning tasks. Journal of Documentation, 64(6), 893-914.


  1. Alexandersson, M. & Limberg, L. 2003. Constructing meaning through information artefacts. The New Review of Information Behaviour Research 4 (1), 17-31.
  2. Chu, S., Chow, K., Tse, S. & Kuhlthau, C. 2008. Grade 4 students’ development of research skills through inquiry-based learning projects. School Libraries Worldwide 14(1), 10-37.
  3. Gross, M. 1995. The Imposed Query. RQ 35 (2), 236-243.
  4. Gross, M. 2004. Children’s Information Seeking at School: Findings from a Qualitative Study. In: Chelton, M.K. & Cool, C. (Edit.) Youth information-seeking behavior: theories, models and issues. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 211-240.
  5. Heinström, J. 2002. Fast surfers, Broad scanners and Deep divers – personality and information seeking behaviour. Doctoral dissertation. Åbo: Åbo Akademi University Press.
  6. Heinstrom, J. (2006). Fast surfing for availability or deep diving into quality – motivation and information seeking among middle and high school students. Information Research, 11(4).
  7. Herring, J. 2006. Critical Investigation of Students’ and Teachers’ Views of Information Literacy Skills in School Assignments. School Library Media Research. Vol. 9. volume9/ informationliteracy.cfm
  8. Kuiper, E., Volman, M. & Terwel, J. 2005. The web as an information resource in K-12 education: strategies for supporting students in searching and processing information. Review of Research in Education (75) 3, 285–328.
  9. Limberg, L. 1999. Experiencing information seeking and learning: a study of interaction between two phenomena. Information Research 5 (1). Available at: <> (Cited: 4.8.2008.)
  10. Limberg, L. 2007. Learning assignment as task in information seeking research. Information Research 12(1) paper colis28.
  11. Limberg, L., Alexandersson, M., Lantz-Andersson, A. & Folkesson, L. 2008. What matters? Shaping meaningful learning through teaching information literacy. Libri 58, 82–91.
  12. Limberg, L. & Folkesson, L. 2006. Undervisning i Informationssökning. Slutrapport från projektet Informationssökning, didaktik och lärande (IDOL). Borås: Valfrid.
  13. Shenton, A.K. & Dixon, P. 2004. Issues arising from youngsters’ information-seeking behavior. Library & Information Science Research 26, 177-200.
  14. Smith, M. & Hepworth, M. 2007. An investigation of factors that may demotivate secondary school students undertaking project work: Implications for learning information literacy. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 39 (1), 3-15.
  15. Sundin, O. & Francke, H. (2009). ”In search of credibility: pupils’ information practices in learning environments” Information Research, 14(4) paper 418.
  16. Todd, R.J. 2006. From information to knowledge: charting and measuring changes in students’ knowledge of a curriculum topic.   Information Research, 11(4) paper 264.
  17. Wallace, R.M. 2004. A framework for understanding teaching with the Internet. American Educational Research Journal 41(2), 447-488.
  18. Wallace, R.M., Kupperman, J., Krajcik, J. & Soloway, E. 2000. Science on the Web: students online in a sixth-grade classroom. The Journal of the Learning Sciences 9 (1), 75-104.
  19. Williams, D. & Wavell, C. 2007. Secondary school teachers’ conceptions of student information literacy. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 39(4), 199-212.

Teacher education

  1. Ambikapathi, S. (1999). Information seeking behaviour of trainee teachers in selected teacher training colleges in Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 4(1), 1–26.
  2. Branch, J. L. (2003). Teaching, learning, and information literacy: developing an understanding of pre-service teachers’ knowledge. In D. M. Shinew & S. Walter (Eds.), Information literacy instruction for educators: professional knowledge for an information age (pp. 33–46). Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press.
  3. Childs, A., Twidle, J., Sorensen, P. & Godwin, J. (2007). Trainee teachers’ use of the Internet: opportunities and challenges for initial teacher education. Research in Science & Technological Education, 25(1), 77–97.
  4. Hinchliffe, L. J. (2003). Technology and the concept of information literacy for pre-service teachers. In D. M. Shinew & S. Walter (Eds.), Information literacy instruction for educators: professional knowledge for an information age (pp. 7–18). Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press.
  5. John, P. D. (1991). A qualitative study of British student teachers’ lesson planning perspectives. Journal of Education for Teaching, 17(3), 301–320.
  6. John, P. D. (1994). The integration of research validated knowledge with practice: lesson planning and the student history teacher. Cambridge Journal of Education, 24(1), 33–47.
  7. Jones, K. & Smith, K. (1997). Student teachers learning to plan mathematics lessons. Paper presented at the 1997 Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Education Teachers (AMET1997), Leicester, 15–17th May.
  8. Tanni, M., Sormunen, E. & Syvänen, A. 2008. Prospective history teachers’ information behaviour in lesson planning. Information Research, 13(4) paper 374.


  1. Robert E. Cummings and Matt Barton (Eds): Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom.;idno=5871848.0001.001
  2. Francke, H. & Sundin, O. (2010). ”An inside view: Credibility in Wikipedia from the perspective of editors”. Information Research 15(3), Special supplement: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science, London 21-24 June, 2010. [Available at]
  3. Huvila, I. (2010). ”Where does the information come from? Information source use patterns in Wikipedia” Information Research, 15(3) paper 433. [Available from 14 August, 2010 at]
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