Sebastian Schultheiß


Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Department of Information
Finkenau 35
22081 Hamburg
Room 270

Contact Information

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Sebastian Schultheiß

Research Assistant

Sebastian Schultheiß, M.A. is a research assistant and lecturer at the Department of Information at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. His research focuses on qualitative and quantitative methods from the social sciences, such as representative online surveys, expert interviews, and laboratory studies.

Sebastian received his M.A. degree in Information, Media, Library in 2019 and his B.A. degree in Library and Information Management in 2016 from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Before his studies he did an apprenticeship as a Specialist in Media and Information Services at the German National Library of Economics (ZBW).

Recent publications

Lewandowski, D.; Sünkler, S.; Schultheiß, S.; Häußler, H.; Spree, U.; Behnert, C. (2021): The Search Studies Group at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Datenbank Spektrum.
Schultheiß, S.; Lewandowski, D. (2021): Misplaced trust? The relationship between trust, ability to identify commercially influenced results, and search engine preference. Journal of Information Science.
Schultheiß, S.; Lewandowski, D. (2021): How users’ knowledge of advertisements influences their viewing and selection behaviour in search engines. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 72(3), 285-301.
Schultheiß, S.; Lewandowski, D. (2021): ‘Outside the industry, nobody knows what we do’: SEO as seen by search engine optimizers and content providers. Journal of Documentation 77(2), 542-557.
Schultheiß, S.; Linhart, A.; Behnert, C.; Rulik, I.; Lewandowski, D.: Known-item searches and search tactics in library search systems: Results from four transaction log analysis studies. Journal of Academic Librarianship 46(5), article 102202.
Lewandowski, D.; Sünkler, S.; Schultheiß, S.: Studies on Search: Designing Meaningful IIR Studies on Commercial Search Engines. Datenbank Spektrum 20(1), 5-15.

See the full list of publications.


  1. 2019

    Master of Arts Information, Media, Library

    Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  2. 2016

    Bachelor of Arts Library and Information Management

    Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Professional Experience

  1. 2019 until today
    Research Assistant
    Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  2. 2010-2013
    Training as Specialist in Media and Information Services (FaMI)
    ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics


  • 2021
    Gerhard Lustig Award for the best Master Thesis in Information Science 2017–2020
    Hochschulverband für Informationswissenschaft (HI)
  • 2018
    SUMA Scholarship
  • 2017
    Scholarship to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2017