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ERIC Number: ED026099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Dec
Pages: 7
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A Case of Search vs. Experiment. Program of Research on the Management of Research and Development.
Werner, D. J.; And Others
During a series of operational field experiments to study the information seeking behavior of a sample of medical researchers, a subject reported that, based on his knowledge of information sources at that point it would be less costly to perform an experiment than to attempt to retrieve the piece of information he needed. A professional librarian, working independently, was able to retrieve the same information through use of personal contacts in a pharmaceutical house in a shorter elapsed time than it took to perform the experiment. This case seemed to suggest that some information sources were not well known to the searcher rather than that the information was unavailable, and possibly a greater emphasis needs to be placed upon informing the users about current information resources. (JB)
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Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. Dept. of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences.