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What is enough? : satisficing information needs

Author: Chandra Prabha; Lynn Silipigni Connaway; Lawrence J Olszewski; Lillie R Jenkins; OCLC Research.
Edition/Format:   Article : English
Publication:Journal of documentation, Vol. 63, no. 1 (2007)
Database:WorldCat
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This paper seeks to understand how users know when to stop searching for more information when the information space is so saturated that there is no certainty that the relevant information has been identified. Academic library users describe both qualitative and quantitative criteria, which lead them to make rational choices determining when "enough" information satisfices their need. The situational context of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Article, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Chandra Prabha; Lynn Silipigni Connaway; Lawrence J Olszewski; Lillie R Jenkins; OCLC Research.
ISSN:0022-0418
OCLC Number: 449973512
Notes: In: Journal of Documentation, vol. 63, no. 1, (2007), p. 74-89.
Author affiliations: OCLC.
These findings broaden the scope of earlier user research, which tends to focus on the more static views of habitual information-seeking and -searching behavior, by applying theoretical frameworks for a richer understanding of the users, experiences.
Description: pages 74-89.
Responsibility: Chandra Prabha, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Lawrence Olszewski, Lillie R. Jenkins.

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This paper seeks to understand how users know when to stop searching for more information when the information space is so saturated that there is no certainty that the relevant information has been identified. Academic library users describe both qualitative and quantitative criteria, which lead them to make rational choices determining when "enough" information satisfices their need. The situational context of both the participants' specific information need and their role in academic society affects every stage of their search -- from the selection of the first resource, to ongoing search strategies, to decisions on how much information is enough.

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