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The information needs of United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Marcella, Rita; Carcary, Iona; Baxter, Graeme


Iona Carcary

Graeme Baxter


Investigates attitudes amongst decision makers in the European Parliament to the role of information in their work, and their ability to identify, access and evaluate that information most relevant to their needs. Aims to elicit data regarding levels of satisfaction amongst MEPs in relation to information retrieval, and to identify areas of information need which were not being addressed. Describes research methodology and analyses results. Results reveal the wide range of subjects that are of interest to MEPs; that all MEPs have research assistants to help in their work, with an average of 3.5 assistants per MEP; the majority of these assistants are based in the UK and are employed full-time; and that the most popular sources were unofficial, informal contacts and MEPs own files, as opposed to the official EU databases and services. Finds that the main problems faced by MEPs in information retrieval are pressure of time and the overwhelming number and variety of information sources available. Makes recommendations for further research.


MARCELLA, R., CARCARY, I. and BAXTER, G. 1999. The information needs of United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Library management [online], 20(3), pages 168-178. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 1, 1999
Online Publication Date May 1, 1999
Publication Date May 1, 1999
Deposit Date Feb 18, 2008
Publicly Available Date Feb 18, 2008
Journal Library management
Print ISSN 0143-5124
Electronic ISSN 1758-7921
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 3
Pages 168-178
Keywords European Parliament; Governance; Information management; Information retrieval
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