Modeling the Information-Seeking Behavior of Social Scientists: Ellis's Study Revisited

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105662
Title:
Modeling the Information-Seeking Behavior of Social Scientists: Ellis's Study Revisited
Author:
Meho, Lokman I.; Tibbo, Helen R.
Citation:
Modeling the Information-Seeking Behavior of Social Scientists: Ellis's Study Revisited 2003-04, 54(6):570-587 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Issue Date:
Apr-2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105662
Submitted date:
2006-11-12
Abstract:
This paper revises David Ellis's information-seeking behavior model of social scientists, which includes six generic features: starting, chaining, browsing, differentiating, monitoring, and extracting. The paper uses social science faculty researching stateless nations as the study population. The description and analysis of the information-seeking behavior of this group of scholars is based on data collected through structured and semistructured electronic mail interviews. Sixty faculty members from 14 different countries were interviewed by e-mail. For reality check purposes, face-to-face interviews with five faculty members were also conducted. Although the study confirmed Ellis's model, it found that a fuller description of the information-seeking process of social scientists studying stateless nations should include four additional features besides those identified by Ellis. These new features are: accessing, networking, verifying, and information managing. In view of that, the study develops a new model, which, unlike Ellis's, groups all the features into four interrelated stages: searching, accessing, processing, and ending. This new model is fully described and its implications on research and practice are discussed. How and why scholars studied here are different than other academic social scientists is also discussed.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Databases; Archives; Academic Libraries; Anthropology; Government Information; Indexing; Information Retrieval; Scholarly Communication; Internet; Information Seeking Behaviors
Local subject classification:
information seeking behavior

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMeho, Lokman I.en_US
dc.contributor.authorTibbo, Helen R.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-11-12T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:31:32Z-
dc.date.issued2003-04en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-11-12en_US
dc.identifier.citationModeling the Information-Seeking Behavior of Social Scientists: Ellis's Study Revisited 2003-04, 54(6):570-587 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technologyen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105662-
dc.description.abstractThis paper revises David Ellis's information-seeking behavior model of social scientists, which includes six generic features: starting, chaining, browsing, differentiating, monitoring, and extracting. The paper uses social science faculty researching stateless nations as the study population. The description and analysis of the information-seeking behavior of this group of scholars is based on data collected through structured and semistructured electronic mail interviews. Sixty faculty members from 14 different countries were interviewed by e-mail. For reality check purposes, face-to-face interviews with five faculty members were also conducted. Although the study confirmed Ellis's model, it found that a fuller description of the information-seeking process of social scientists studying stateless nations should include four additional features besides those identified by Ellis. These new features are: accessing, networking, verifying, and information managing. In view of that, the study develops a new model, which, unlike Ellis's, groups all the features into four interrelated stages: searching, accessing, processing, and ending. This new model is fully described and its implications on research and practice are discussed. How and why scholars studied here are different than other academic social scientists is also discussed.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherWileyen_US
dc.subjectDatabasesen_US
dc.subjectArchivesen_US
dc.subjectAcademic Librariesen_US
dc.subjectAnthropologyen_US
dc.subjectGovernment Informationen_US
dc.subjectIndexingen_US
dc.subjectInformation Retrievalen_US
dc.subjectScholarly Communicationen_US
dc.subjectInterneten_US
dc.subjectInformation Seeking Behaviorsen_US
dc.subject.otherinformation seeking behavioren_US
dc.titleModeling the Information-Seeking Behavior of Social Scientists: Ellis's Study Revisiteden_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technologyen_US
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