CityLIS Virtual Dissertation Collections. 3. Science and health

This is the third in an occasional series of posts in which we celebrate and publicise the excellent work done by CityLIS students in the dissertation projects. Each post will focus on a topic, and present a series of dissertations in that area. Earlier posts have covered dissertations dealing art and artists, and with history. This one focuses on scientific and healthcare topics.

The twelve dissertations mentioned here show the breadth of approaches to the topic, from conceptual analyses of the idea of information as a physical quantity to information behaviour studies, and from the analysis of classifications to the evaluation of library/information services.

Four of the titles on the list have links to full-text in the Humanities Commons: anyone interested in any of the others may obtain a copy from Lyn Robinson ( or David Bawden (

Dissertations: science and healthcare

Library classification and zoological books: the relationships between zoological taxa and ways of grouping in libraries
Daniel Shindler
A comparison of zoological and library classification, and its consequences for the organization of materials in zoological special libraries

Point of conception: a study of women’s information behaviour during pregnancy
Tess Stackley

It’s a reading room but not as we know it: a case study of the reading room at the Wellcome Collection to explore the impact of an innovative, hybrid space on the existing research library
Nicola Cook

A case study of a digital image collection belonging to a charity
Isobel Ramsden
An evaluation of the information resources of a charity supporting cancer patients

Information and physics: a match made in reality
Aqil Zahid
Is the information of reality the reality of information?
Tyabba Siddiqui
Two dissertations which give a conceptual analysis of the concept of information in the physical sciences

Nursing students’ e-book survey: a mixed methods approach
Vicky Petrakos

Informational interfaces: a case study of the impact of discovery systems on biodiversity research at the Natural History Museum, London
Sarah Stewart

Evaluation of London health libraries
Oskar Orlygsson

Psychology journal literature: a domain analytical approach
Natasha Ristic

Health information seeking in the information society
Abir Mukherjee
A detailed literature analysis of all aspects of information seeking for healthcare

Once material medica, now ethnobotany: a domain analysis of British herbalism
Erin Michaels

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