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ERIC Number: EJ1082035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-1368-1613
A Non-Linear Model of Information Seeking Behaviour
Foster, Allen
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v10 n2 Jan 2005
Introduction:The results of a study of information seeking behaviour of inter-disciplinary academic and postgraduate researchers are reported. Method. The study applied the naturalistic methods recommended by Lincoln and Guba for maximising credibility, transferability, dependability, and confirmability in data collection and analysis. Sampling combined purposive and snowball methods, and led to a final sample of 45 interdisciplinary researchers from the University of Sheffield. In-depth semi-structured interviews were used to elicit detailed examples of information seeking. Analysis: Coding of interview transcripts took place in multiple iterations over time and used Atlas-ti software to support the process. Results: The results of the study are represented in a non-linear model of information seeking behaviour. The model describes three core processes (Opening, Orientation, and Consolidation) and three levels of contextual interaction (Internal Context, External Context, and Cognitive Approach), each composed of several individual activities and attributes. The interactivity and shifts described by the model show information seeking to be non-linear, dynamic, holistic, and flowing. Conclusion: The paper concludes by describing the whole model of behaviour as analogous to an artist's palette, in which activities remain available throughout information seeking. A summary of key implications of the model and directions further research are included.
Thomas D. Wilson. 9 Broomfield Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SE, UK. Web site: http://informationr.net/ir
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Sheffield)