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dc.contributor.author Allen en_US
dc.contributor.author Nigel en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-18T12:16:04Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-18T12:16:04Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00220410310472518 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Foster , A & Ford , N 2003 , ' Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical study ' Journal of Documentation , vol 59 , no. 3 , pp. 321-340 . , 10.1108/00220410310472518 en_US
dc.identifier.other PURE: 97650 en_US
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1798 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1798
dc.description.abstract “Serendipity” has both a classical origin in literature and a more modern manifestation where it is found in the descriptions of the problem-solving and knowledge acquisition of humanities and science scholars. Studies of information retrieval and information seeking have also discussed the utility of the notion of serendipity. Some have implied that it may be stimulated, or that certain people may “encounter” serendipitous information more than others. All to some extent accept the classical definition of serendipity as a “fortuitous” accident. The analysis presented here is part of a larger study concerning the information seeking behaviour of interdisciplinary scholars. This paper considers the nature of serendipity in information seeking contexts, and reinterprets the notion of serendipity as a phenomenon arising from both conditions and strategies – as both a purposive and a non-purposive component of information seeking and related knowledge acquisition. en_US
dc.format.extent 20 en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Documentation en_US
dc.title Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical study en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Department of Information Studies en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Information Behaviour and e-learning en_US


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