Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs, and Behavior

Donald O. Case
University of Kentucky, USA

Lisa M. Given
Charles Sturt University, Australia

Jens-Erik Mai
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Product Details
29 Apr 2016
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
528 pages - 152 x 229 x 35mm
Studies in Information
The 4th edition of this popular and well-cited text is now co-authored, and includes significant changes from earlier texts. Presenting a comprehensive review of over a century of research on information behavior (IB), this book is intended for students in information studies and disciplines interested in research on information activities. The initial two chapters introduce IB as a multi-disciplinary topic, the 3rd provides a brief history of research on information seeking. Chapter four discusses what is meant by the terms "information" and "knowledge. "Chapter five discusses "information needs," and how they are addressed. The 6th chapter identifies many related concepts. Twelve models of information behavior (expanded from earlier editions) are illustrated in chapter seven. Chapter eight reviews various paradigms and theories informing IB research. Chapter nine examines research methods invoked in IB studies and a discussion of qualitative and mixed approaches. The 10th chapter gives examples of IB studies by context. The final chapter looks at strengths and weaknesses, recent trends, and future development.
PART I: INTRODUCTION, TYPICAL SCENARIOS, AND HISTORY OF RESEARCH 1. Information Behavior: An Introduction 2. The Complex Nature of Information Behavior 3. The History and Focus of Information Behavior Research PART II: CONCEPTS RELEVANT TO INFORMATION BEHAVIOR 4. The Concept of Information 5. Information Needs, Motivations, and Use 6. Related Concepts PART III: MODELS AND THEORIES OF INFORMATION BEHAVIOR 7. Models of Information Behavior 8. Metatheories, Theories, and Paradigms PART IV: RESEARCH DESIGNS AND METHODS FOR STUDYING IB 9. Research Design, Methodology, and Methods PART V: REVIEWING AND CRITIQUING RESEARCH 10. Research by Roles and Contexts 11. Reviewing, Critiquing, Concluding
Donald O. Case, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA Lisa M. Given, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia

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