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Getting creative in everyday life: Investigating arts and crafts hobbyists' information behavior

L Lee, MG Ocepek, S Makri, G Buchanan, D McKay

Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology | Wiley | Published : 2019


While there has been increasing interest in how creative professionals find information to drive creative outputs, previous information behavior research has largely ignored how arts and crafts hobbyists look for information sources in their everyday lives. To fill this literature gap, we conducted interviews and observations with arts and crafts hobbyists to find out how they conceive potential DIY projects. The findings highlight three themes: the dearth of human sources, the prevalence of domain-specific information, and the use of self-curated information. In addition to empirical results, this work also broadens the understanding of information behavior in an arts and crafts context by ..

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