Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical study

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dc.contributor.author Foster, Allen
dc.contributor.author Ford, Nigel
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-18T12:16:04Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-18T12:16:04Z
dc.date.issued 2003
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
dc.identifier.other PURE: 97650
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1798
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1798
dc.identifier.uri http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do?contentType=Article&contentId=864217 en
dc.description Foster, A. and Ford, N. (2003) 'Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical study', Journal of Documentation 59(3) pp.321-340 RAE2008 Foster, A.E. & Ford, N.J. (2003). Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical study. Journal of Documentation, 59(3), 321-340. Sponsorship: AHRB en
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
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.title Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical study en
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dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00220410310472518
dc.contributor.institution Department of Information Studies en
dc.contributor.institution Information Behaviour and e-learning en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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