Information Behavior Models

Authored by: Thomas D. Wilson

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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This entry outlines the development of models of information behavior. The concept of a model is defined and the different types of model are identified. Models of information behavior are presented within a typology of descriptive model, decision-based models, and causal models. It is suggested that, in research terms, a movement from descriptive models to causal models is needed if theory development is to take place in the field.

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