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Beyond Information Seeking: Towards a General Model of Information Behaviour

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Beyond Information Seeking: Towards a General Model of Information Behaviour
Abstract
Introduction: The aim of the paper is to propose new models of information behaviour that extend the concept beyond simply information seeking to consider other modes of behaviour. The models chiefly explored are those of Wilson and Dervin. Argument: A shortcoming of some models of information behaviour is that they present a sequence of stages where it is evident that actual behaviour is not always sequential. In addition, information behaviour models tend to confine themselves to depictions of information seeking. Development: A model of "multi-directionality" is explored, to overcome the notion of sequential stages. Inspired by authors such as Chatman, Krikelas, and Savolainen, modes of information behaviour such as creating, destroying and avoiding information are included. Conclusion: New models of information behaviour are presented that replace the notion of "barriers" with the concept of "gap", as a means of integrating the views of Wilson and Dervin. The proposed models incorporate the notion of multi-directionality and identify ways in which an individual may navigate "gap" using modes of information behaviour beyond information seeking.
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Information Research: An International Electronic Journal
Volume
11
Issue
4
Date
2006/07/00
Language
en
ISSN
1368-1613
Short Title
Beyond Information Seeking
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ERIC
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Godbold, N. (2006). Beyond Information Seeking: Towards a General Model of Information Behaviour. Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 11(4). Retrieved from https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1104640
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