Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs, and Behavior (Library and Information Science)

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"Looking for Information" explores human information seeking and use. It provides examples of methods, models and theories used in information behavior research, and reviews more than four decades of research on the topic. The book should prove useful for scholars in related fields, but also for students at the graduate and advanced undergraduate levels. It is intended for use not only in information studies and communication, but also in the disciplines of education, management, business, medicine, nursing, public health, and social work. This second editon of "Looking for Information" reflects a vastly increased literature on the topic of information behavior.Among the additions are over 400 new citations to relevant works, most of which appeared between March, 2002, and January, 2006. Many new studies are described in the section reviewing research findings (Chapters Eleven and Twelve), Chapter Nines examples of methods, and a widely expanded discussion of theories applied in information behavior research (Chapter Seven). This title reviews over 1,100 works - 60 per cent more than the first edition. It adds many new studies conducted from 2002 to 2006. It provides expanded coverage of models and theories of information behavior. It includes many new examples of occupations and roles - the contexts of information seeking.

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An updated look at how humans seek out information

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Information seeking is a ubiquitous human activity. Whether gathering data for work or merely making sense of everyday life, looking for information is a basic behavior that shapes our lives. This book focuses on decades of research into how people both find and think about information related to their problems and interests. Covering a broad range of concepts and empirical studies, Looking for Information explains the major ideas, methods, and research findings from hundreds of studies of occupations, roles and demographic groups, including managers, doctors, nurses, patients, consumers, voters, scientists, engineers, scholars, journalists, lawyers, children, and the elderly. A bibliography listing more than 700 works makes this book a must for scholarly work and reference on information related behaviors.

Key Features:
? The first comprehensive review of information seeking literature to be published in several years.
? Defines key concepts, identifies trends and highlights prominent theorists and investigators.
? Illustrated with study examples, research models and typologies of investigations and methods.
? Essential reading for scholars and students in communications, information studies, management, education, and healthcare.
? Includes an appendix of questions for classroom use.

A Volume in the Library and Information Science Series

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