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Keränen T., Hirvonen N., Huotari ML. (2018) Examining Energy Information Literacy with an Adaptation of the Everyday Health Information Literacy Screening Tool. In: Kurbanoğlu S., Boustany J., Špiranec S., Grassian E., Mizrachi D., Roy L. (eds) Information Literacy in the Workplace. ECIL 2017. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 810. Springer, Cham

Examining energy information literacy with an adaptation of the everyday health information literacy screening tool

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Author: Keränen, Teija1; Hirvonen, Noora1,2; Huotari, Maija-Leena1
Organizations: 1Information Studies, Medical Research Center, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-02-26


This study explores energy information literacy by applying an adapted version of an everyday health information literacy (EHIL) screening tool. For this study, the original EHIL tool was modified by adjusting its ten statements to an energy context. Data were collected with an online survey from students present for the academic year in 2016–2017 (n = 11,381) at the University of Oulu. Statistical analyses include an exploratory factor analysis and comparison of mean factor scores. Survey items on respondents’ background were also included in the analyses. The response rate was 12.2% (n = 1,390). The screening tool’s factorial structure was found to be multifaceted and to resemble that of the original EHIL tool with three factors: motivation (‘motivation’), confidence in finding energy information (‘confidence’), and perceived ability to evaluate it (‘evaluation’). Mean factor scores varied by gender and field of study. The study is among the first to examine energy information literacy.

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Series: Communications in computer and information science
ISSN: 1865-0929
ISSN-E: 1865-0937
ISSN-L: 1865-0929
ISBN: 978-3-319-74334-9
ISBN Print: 978-3-319-74333-2
Volume: 810
Pages: 470 - 480
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-74334-9_49
Host publication: Information Literacy in the Workplace. ECIL 2017
Host publication editor: Kurbanoğlu, S.
Boustany, J.
Špiranec, S.
Grassian, E.
Mizrachi, D.
Roy, L.
Conference: 5th European Conference, ECIL 2017, Saint Malo, France, September 18-21, 2017
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
518 Media and communications
Funding: The study is funded by the Strategic Research Council, Finland, Project n:o 292854.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 292854
Detailed Information: 292854 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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