The subjects of this research are Kenyan medical scientists. The
study aims to investigate the Kenyan medical scientists' information
behaviour in the context of their research information acquisition. It
also aims to show how research can function in conditions of
relative information deprivation.
The theoretical framework of the study has been designed to include
both quantitative and qualitative methods. Wilson's model of
information behaviour is used to develop the conceptual framework
of this study. Triangulation is used in data collection and is achieved
by the use of interviews, documentary analysis and observation.
Both quantitative and qualitative techniques have been used for the
analysis of data
It is found that the medical scientists work under conditions of
relative information deprivation. Libraries are inadequate and have
deteriorating collections, while informal personal contacts are
difficult to establish and maintain. Personal collections are thin and
disparate while travel to conferences is also severely constrained. In
spite of this, excellent research is continuing using the limited
resources available. An attempt is made to show how research
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.