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ERIC Number: EJ1060493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1368-1613
Approaching the Affective Factors of Information Seeking: The Viewpoint of the Information Search Process Model
Savolainen, Reijo
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v20 n1 Mar 2015
Introduction: The article contributes to the conceptual studies of affective factors in information seeking by examining Kuhlthau's information search process model. Method: This random-digit dial telephone survey of 253 people (75% female) living in a rural, medically under-serviced area of Ontario, Canada, follows-up a previous interview study to examine with a larger sample issues related to searching for and using health information. Analysis: Concept analysis focusing on the ways in which the categories of feelings and mood are explicated in the information search process model. In addition, it was examined how the motivational elements of information seeking are conceptualised in the categories of feelings and mood. To this end, the present study drew on the ideas of the appraisal theories - a major approach to the study of the affective phenomena. Results: Kuhlthau's model provides a rich and credible picture of feelings experienced by information seekers at various stages of the information search process. However, the category of feelings is approached descriptively. Within this category, the motivational elements are incorporated in the factor of interest. In the information search process model, the category of mood is conceptualised more analytically by drawing on Kelly's ideas. The findings indicate that the picture of the motivational elements of mood can be elaborated by examining the invitational and indicative mood in terms of action readiness. Conclusions: The model provides a pioneering contribution to the conceptualisation of the affective factors in information seeking. The picture of these factors can be elaborated further by conducting comparative studies and making use of the ideas obtained from psychological and cognitive theories of emotion. [This paper was published in: "Proceedings of ISIC: The Behaviour Conference" (Leeds, England, Sep 2-5, 2014), Part 2, Paper isic28.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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