Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs, and Behavior reviews more than 50 years of research on information seeking and related topics, and contains over 1,300 citations to relevant works. Now in its third edition, this book is the most comprehensive text on the topics of information seeking, information behavior and information practices. Coverage includes the nature of information, information needs and uses, sensemaking, information avoidance, communication among scientists and scholars, relevant social and psychological theories, models of information behavior, and applicable research methodologies. Interdisciplinary in the choice of examples, the book cites research in information studies, communication, education, management, medicine, sociology and psychology.
The book is intended for students and scholars in library and information science, communication, education and related disciplines. Presenting a broad view of these topics, this text is suitable as a companion for courses ranging from undergraduate level to doctoral studies related to information-seeking, information practices and information behavior. In addition, it is a useful reference guide for established scholars.
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Donald O. Case (Ph.D., Stanford University,1984; M.L.S., Syracuse University, 1977) has held the post of Professor in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information Studies since 1994, and was Director of the School of Library and Information Science for three years. From 1983-1994 Case was a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles. During 1989 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to lecture at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.
Case’s research interests include information behavior, health-related information seeking, and information policy. He is the author of over 30 refereed journal articles on these and other topics. Case’s book, "Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs, and Behavior" (2002) was given the "Best Book of the Year" Award by the American Society for Information Science & Technology. He was (2008-2009) President of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), and is also on the Editorial Board for the Journal of ASIS&T.
"And so to the 75-dollar question: Should I buy this new edition? I think the answer must be an unqualified, Yes... Donald Case has done the field a huge favour in continually updating and expanding his master work: he deserves our thanks."
Tom Wilson, Information Research, 2012.