David Ellis: Behavioural model of information seeking

February 1, 2010

Six primary behaviour patterns in information seeking:

  1. Starting: identifying relevant sources of interest
  2. Chaining: following and connecting new leads in an initial source
  3. Browsing: scanning content of identified sourcves for subject affinity
  4. Differentiating: filtering and assessing sources fior usefulness
  5. Monitoring: keeping abreasts of developments in a given subject area
  6. Extracting: systematically working through a given source for material of interest

David Ellis, cited in Kalbach (2007, p.26)

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