Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 1: Theoretical framework and research design

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dc.contributor.author Ellis, David
dc.contributor.author Ford, Nigel
dc.contributor.author Spink, Siân
dc.contributor.author Foster, Allen
dc.contributor.author Wilson, Tom
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-19T09:35:33Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-19T09:35:33Z
dc.date.issued 2002-04
dc.identifier.citation Ellis , D , Ford , N , Spink , S , Foster , A & Wilson , T 2002 , ' Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 1: Theoretical framework and research design ' Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology , vol 53 , no. 9 , pp. 695-703 . , 10.1002/asi.10081 en
dc.identifier.issn 1532-2882
dc.identifier.other PURE: 97853
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1811
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1811
dc.description Spink, S.; Wilson, T.; Ford, N.; Foster, A. and Ellis, D. (2002). Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 1: Theoretical framework and research design. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 53(9), pp.695-703. RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract Our project has investigated the processes of mediated information retrieval (IR) searching during human information-seeking processes to characterize aspects of this process, including information seekers' changing situational contexts; information problems; uncertainty reduction; successive searching, cognitive styles; and cognitive and affective states. The research has involved observational, longitudinal data collection in the United States and United Kingdom. Three questionnaires were used for pre- and postsearch interviews: reference interview, information seeker postsearch, and search intermediary postsearch questionnaires. In addition, the Sheffield team employed a fourth set of instruments in a follow-up interview some 2 months after the search. A total of 198 information seekers participated in a mediated on-line search with a professional intermediary using the Dialog Information Service. Each mediated search process was audio taped and search transaction log recorded. The findings are presented in four parts. Part I presents the background, theoretical framework, models, and research design used during the research. Part II is devoted to exploring changes in information seekers' uncertainty during the mediated process. Part III provides results related to successive searching. Part IV reports findings related to cognitive styles, individual differences, age and gender. Additional articles that discuss further findings from this complex research project, including: (1) an integrated model of information seeking and searching, (2) assessment of mediated searching, and (3) intermediary-information seeker communication, are in preparation and will be published separately. en
dc.format.extent 9 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology en
dc.title Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 1: Theoretical framework and research design en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.10081
dc.contributor.institution Department of Information Studies en
dc.contributor.institution Information Literacy en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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