A structural equation model of information retrieval skills

Mi Ishita, Yosuke Miyata, Shuichi Ueda, Keiko Kurata

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Identifying factors that influence information retrieval skills can help us to understand search behavior and show what skills are required to conduct efficient and accurate searches. This paper describes a study in which relationship factors that influence the information retrieval skills of a cohort of 1,551 Japanese Internet users are investigated using a combination of survey methods, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling. Our factor analysis confirms the importance of three sub-skill groups that are similar to sub-skill groups that have been previously reported (i.e., formal Internet skills, operational skills, and assessment skills) and indicates the importance of a fourth group (which we call "search strategy skills"). Our structural equation model incorporates two novel factors that have not previously been studied in this context: critical thinking ability, and self-efficacy for the Internet and information retrieval. The results show that critical thinking ability and self-efficacy positively influence the information retrieval skill level, and age is found to be a negative influence. Contrary to previously reported results, little independent effect is seen from educational attainment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHIIR 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 Conference Human Information Interaction and Retrieval
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346771
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 7
Event2nd ACM SIGIR Conference on Information Interaction and Retrieval, CHIIR 2017 - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 2017 Mar 72017 Mar 11


Other2nd ACM SIGIR Conference on Information Interaction and Retrieval, CHIIR 2017


  • Critical thinking ability
  • Information retrieval skills
  • Self-efficacyfor the Internet and information retrieval
  • Structural equation model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems


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