A Research Method to Investigate Information Seeking using the Concept of Information Horizons: An Example from a Study of Lower Socio-economic Studentsâ Information Seeking Behavior

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105932
Title:
A Research Method to Investigate Information Seeking using the Concept of Information Horizons: An Example from a Study of Lower Socio-economic Studentsâ Information Seeking Behavior
Author:
Sonnenwald, Diane H.; Wildemuth, Barbara M.; Harmon, Gary L.
Citation:
A Research Method to Investigate Information Seeking using the Concept of Information Horizons: An Example from a Study of Lower Socio-economic Studentsâ Information Seeking Behavior 2001, 2:65-86 The New Review of Information Behavior Research
Journal:
The New Review of Information Behavior Research
Issue Date:
2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105932
Submitted date:
2006-08-11
Abstract:
Winner of the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Research Methodology Best Paper in 2001 Award. Abstract: As research questions and topics in information studies evolve, there is a continual need to seek out innovative research methods to help us investigate and address these questions. This paper presents an emerging research method, the creation and analysis of information horizon maps, and discusses the use of such maps in an ongoing research study. Sonnenwald's (1999) framework for human information behavior provides a theoretical foundation for this method. This theoretical framework suggests that within a context and situation is an 'information horizon' in which we can act. Study participants are asked to describe several recent information seeking situations for a particular context, and to draw a map of their information horizon, graphically representing the information resources (including people) they typically access in this context and their preferences for the resources accessed. The resulting graphical representation of their information horizons are analyzed in conjunction with the interview data using a variety of techniques derived from social network analysis and content analysis. In this paper these techniques are described and illustrated using examples from an ongoing study of the information seeking behavior of lower socio-economic students. They are then compared to other techniques that could be used to gather data about people's information seeking behavior.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Library Science; Information Seeking Behaviors; Information Systems

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dc.contributor.authorSonnenwald, Diane H.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWildemuth, Barbara M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHarmon, Gary L.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-08-11T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:36:54Z-
dc.date.issued2001en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-08-11en_US
dc.identifier.citationA Research Method to Investigate Information Seeking using the Concept of Information Horizons: An Example from a Study of Lower Socio-economic Studentsâ Information Seeking Behavior 2001, 2:65-86 The New Review of Information Behavior Researchen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105932-
dc.description.abstractWinner of the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Research Methodology Best Paper in 2001 Award. Abstract: As research questions and topics in information studies evolve, there is a continual need to seek out innovative research methods to help us investigate and address these questions. This paper presents an emerging research method, the creation and analysis of information horizon maps, and discusses the use of such maps in an ongoing research study. Sonnenwald's (1999) framework for human information behavior provides a theoretical foundation for this method. This theoretical framework suggests that within a context and situation is an 'information horizon' in which we can act. Study participants are asked to describe several recent information seeking situations for a particular context, and to draw a map of their information horizon, graphically representing the information resources (including people) they typically access in this context and their preferences for the resources accessed. The resulting graphical representation of their information horizons are analyzed in conjunction with the interview data using a variety of techniques derived from social network analysis and content analysis. In this paper these techniques are described and illustrated using examples from an ongoing study of the information seeking behavior of lower socio-economic students. They are then compared to other techniques that could be used to gather data about people's information seeking behavior.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectLibrary Scienceen_US
dc.subjectInformation Seeking Behaviorsen_US
dc.subjectInformation Systemsen_US
dc.titleA Research Method to Investigate Information Seeking using the Concept of Information Horizons: An Example from a Study of Lower Socio-economic Studentsâ Information Seeking Behavioren_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalThe New Review of Information Behavior Researchen_US
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