Journal article

Cognitive Economy and Satisficing in Information Seeking: A Longitudinal Study of Undergraduate Information Behavior

Claire Warwick, Jon Rimmer, Ann Blandford, Jeremy Gow, George Buchanan

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

This article reports on a longitudinal study of information seeking by undergraduate information management students. It describes how they found and used information, and explores their motivation and decision making. We employed a use-in-context approach where students were observed conducting, and were interviewed about, information-seeking tasks carried out during their academic work. We found that participants were reluctant to engage with a complex range of information sources, preferring to use the Internet. The main driver for progress in information seeking was the immediate demands of their work (e.g., assignments). Students used their growing expertise to justify a conservative in..

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Awarded by EPSRC


Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by EPSRC Grant GR/S84798. We thank all of the students who took part in our studies.