From Translation to Navigation of Different Discourses: A Model of Search Term Selection during the Pre-Online Stage of the Search Process

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106512
Title:
From Translation to Navigation of Different Discourses: A Model of Search Term Selection during the Pre-Online Stage of the Search Process
Author:
Iivonen, Mirja; Sonnenwald, Diane H.
Citation:
From Translation to Navigation of Different Discourses: A Model of Search Term Selection during the Pre-Online Stage of the Search Process 1998-04, 49(4):312-326 Journal of the American Society for Information Science
Publisher:
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Journal:
Journal of the American Society for Information Science
Issue Date:
Apr-1998
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106512
Submitted date:
2006-08-18
Abstract:
We propose a model of search term selection process based on our empirical study of professional searchers during the pre-online stage of the search process. The model characterizes the selection of search terms as the navigation of different discourses. Discourse refers to the way of talking and thinking about a certain topic; there often exists multiple, diverse discourses on the same topic. When selecting search terms, searchers appear to navigate a variety of discourses, i.e., they view the topic of a client's search request from the perspective of multiple discourse communities, and evaluate and synthesize differences and similarities among those discourses when selecting search terms. Six discourses emerged as sources of search terms in our study. These discourses are controlled vocabularies, documents and domains, the practice of indexing, clients' search requests, databases and the searchers' own search experience. Data further suggest that searchers navigate these discourses dynamically and have preferences for certain discourses. Conceptualizing the selection of search terms as a meeting place of different discourses provides new insights into the complex nature of the search term selection process. It emphasizes the multiplicity and complexity of the sources of search terms, the dynamic nature of the search term selection process, and the complex analysis and synthesis of differences and similarities among sources of search terms. It suggests that searchers may need to understand fundamental aspects of multiple discourses in order to select search terms.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Reference Services; Information Seeking Behaviors; Qualitative Research
Local subject classification:
Qualitative research; Reference services; Info seeking behavior

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dc.contributor.authorIivonen, Mirjaen_US
dc.contributor.authorSonnenwald, Diane H.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-08-18T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:48:44Z-
dc.date.issued1998-04en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-08-18en_US
dc.identifier.citationFrom Translation to Navigation of Different Discourses: A Model of Search Term Selection during the Pre-Online Stage of the Search Process 1998-04, 49(4):312-326 Journal of the American Society for Information Scienceen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106512-
dc.description.abstractWe propose a model of search term selection process based on our empirical study of professional searchers during the pre-online stage of the search process. The model characterizes the selection of search terms as the navigation of different discourses. Discourse refers to the way of talking and thinking about a certain topic; there often exists multiple, diverse discourses on the same topic. When selecting search terms, searchers appear to navigate a variety of discourses, i.e., they view the topic of a client's search request from the perspective of multiple discourse communities, and evaluate and synthesize differences and similarities among those discourses when selecting search terms. Six discourses emerged as sources of search terms in our study. These discourses are controlled vocabularies, documents and domains, the practice of indexing, clients' search requests, databases and the searchers' own search experience. Data further suggest that searchers navigate these discourses dynamically and have preferences for certain discourses. Conceptualizing the selection of search terms as a meeting place of different discourses provides new insights into the complex nature of the search term selection process. It emphasizes the multiplicity and complexity of the sources of search terms, the dynamic nature of the search term selection process, and the complex analysis and synthesis of differences and similarities among sources of search terms. It suggests that searchers may need to understand fundamental aspects of multiple discourses in order to select search terms.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherJohn Wiley and Sons, Inc.en_US
dc.subjectReference Servicesen_US
dc.subjectInformation Seeking Behaviorsen_US
dc.subjectQualitative Researchen_US
dc.subject.otherQualitative researchen_US
dc.subject.otherReference servicesen_US
dc.subject.otherInfo seeking behavioren_US
dc.titleFrom Translation to Navigation of Different Discourses: A Model of Search Term Selection during the Pre-Online Stage of the Search Processen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the American Society for Information Scienceen_US
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