Accessing and Browsing Information and Communication

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MIT Press, 2001 - Computers - 357 pages
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This book contends that accessing and browsing information and communication are multidimensional and consequential aspects of the information user’s entire experience and of general human behavior. Problems in information creation, processing, transmittal, and use often arise from an incomplete conceptualization of the "information seeking" process, where information seeking is viewed as the intentional finding of specific information. The process has traditionally been considered to begin with some kind of search query and end with some kind of obtained information. That, however, may be only the last, most easily observable—and perhaps not even primary—stage of a complex sequence of activities.

This book reviews related theory, research, practice, and implications from a wide range of disciplines. It also analyzes converging forms of information, including mass media, online information services, the Internet and World Wide Web, libraries, public spaces, advertisements, and organizational communication. Extensive case studies illustrate the theoretical material.
 

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Contents

The Importance of Accessing and Browsing Information
1
Perspectives on Access in Six Research Literatures
19
Common Concepts Across Research Literatures
41
1
47
Unique Aspects Across Research Literatures and a Preliminary Framework
85
Access
97
Testing the Framework of Access
115
Refining the Framework of Access
135
Browsing
237
Case F007
244
Testing the Framework of Browsing
249
1 Attributes as Criteria for Evaluation
252
Motivating Themes and Patterns of Browsing
263
1 Dimensional Taxonomy of Browsing Patterns
286
A Refined Framework of Browsing
289
Future Research and Implications for the Frameworks of Accessing
299

Summary and Implications of the Framework of Access
157
Perspectives on Browsing in Six Research Literatures
173
2 Underlying Dimensions of Browsing by Research Literature
211
A Preliminary Framework of Browsing
217
1 Dimensions and Subdimensions in the General Model of Browsing
234

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Ronald E. Rice is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication in the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers University.

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