Looking for Information presents examples of information seeking and reviews studies of the information-seeking behavior of both general and specific social and occupational groups: scientists, engineers, social scientists, humanists, policy experts, the aged, the poor, and "the public" in general. It also discusses general research on information seeking, including basic research on human communication behavior as found in the literature of psychology, anthropology, sociology, and other disciplines.
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"This is an excellent, long-needed text. Nothing quite like it is available. The strength of the book is that it has a coherent structure and is soundly based on the research literature that it reviews. Donald Case has done an excellent job of making sense of, and drawing together a wide range of research approaches to the problems of information seeking behaviour and I think that this will become the standard work in the area very quickly."
T.D. Wilson, Emeritus, University of Sheffield, U.K.
"In my view, Looking for Information is particularly welcome as an academic textbook because the field of INS studies suffers from the lack of monographs. Along with the continuous growth of the number of journal articles and conference papers, there is a genuine need for a book that picks up the numerous pieces and puts them together. The use of the study as a textbook is facilitated by clearly delineated sections on major themes and the wealth of concrete examples of information seeking in everyday contexts. The book is lucidly written and it is accessible to novice readers, too."
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
"A welcome and ambitious book that should be received with open arms by schools of library and information studies and researchers looking for an analytical synthesis of research on information needs, seeking and behaviour."
"Case's book is an especially useful source, assembling and framing user-centered studies...In the complex task of surveying newer information-seeking behavior investigations, Case has performed a significant service for students and researchers...What Case establishes are the many paths leading to the current crossroads; readers would do well to consider his survey a navigational guide for future research."
JOURNAL OF THE MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
"Case sees this book as an introduction to the field for graduate students and as a handbook for established researchers. I believe it could be useful to other professionals and students as well, including librarians who wish to better understand their clientele, and undergraduates majoring in a number of fields like information science, marketing, the health sciences, and communications. This is a compliment to the broad range of topics within this book, their readability, and the accessible format through which Case presents them.
...it is a text that students interested in information seeking research should read in conjunction with other materials, and it is a handy pointer back to the literature for experienced researchers. It should appear on reading lists and bookshelves across a number of academic fields."
Donald O. Case holds a PhD in Communications Research from Stanford University. He has been a Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information Studies since 1994, and between 1983 and 1994 was a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles, teaching in the graduate Information Studies program and in the undergraduate Communication Studies program.Professor Case teaches courses in information seeking, research methodology and the social implications of information technologies. He conducts research on communication technologies and information-seeking. Case's articles have appeared in Journal of the American Society for Information Science, Library and Information Science Research, New Media and Society, Telecommunications Policy, The Information Society, and the Journal of Communication, among other publications.
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