Broad exploration or precise specificity: Two basic information seeking patterns among students

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Publikationens författare: Jannica Heinström
Publiceringsår: 2006
Tidskrift: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Tidskriftsakronym: J AM SOC INF SCI TEC
Volym: 57
Nummer: 11
Artikelns första sida, sidnummer: 1440
Artikelns sista sida, sidnummer: 1450
Antal sidor: 11
ISSN: 1532-2882


This article investigates whether information seeking patterns can be related to discipline differences, study approaches, and personality traits. A quantitative study of 305 master's thesis students' information behavior found that their information seeking tended to be either exploratory or precise. Statistical analyses showed that inner traits seemed more influential than discipline characteristics on information behavior. Exploration or specificity was manifested in terms of both the level and scope of information students wished to retrieve and the way they searched for it.

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