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

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

Hardback Library and Information Science (Hardcover)

Edited by Donald O. Case, Series edited by Amanda Spink


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  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 389 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 232mm x 44mm | 898g
  • Publication date: 27 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Bingley
  • ISBN 10: 1780526547
  • ISBN 13: 9781780526546
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: 3rd edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 254,338

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"Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs, and Behavior" reviews more than 50 years of research on information seeking and related topics, and contains over 1,300 citations to relevant works. Now in its third edition, this book is the most comprehensive text on the topics of information seeking, information behavior and information practices. Coverage includes the nature of information, information needs and uses, sensemaking, information avoidance, communication among scientists and scholars, relevant social and psychological theories, models of information behavior, and applicable research methodologies. Interdisciplinary in the choice of examples, the book cites research in information studies, communication, education, management, medicine, sociology and psychology. The book is intended for students and scholars in library and information science, communication, education and related disciplines. Presenting a broad view of these topics, this text is suitable as a companion for courses ranging from undergraduate level to doctoral studies related to information-seeking, information practices and information behavior. In addition, it is a useful reference guide for established scholars.

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"""And so to the 75-dollar question: Should I buy this new edition? I think the answer must be an unqualified, Yes... Donald Case has done the field a huge favour in continually updating and expanding his master work: he deserves our thanks.""" Wilson, T.D. (2012). Review of: Case, Donald O. Looking for information: a survey of research on information seeking, needs and behavior. 3rd ed. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Group, 2012. Information Research, 17(2), review no. R440 [Available at: http://informationr.net/ir/reviews/revs440.html]