Accessing and Browsing Information and Communication

Accessing and Browsing Information and Communication

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Accessing and Browsing Information and Communication

An interdisciplinary study of the basic human activities of accessing and browsing.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262182140
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 07/20/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 373
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Maureen McCreadie is Professor in Library and Instructional Services at Bucks County Community College.

Shan-Ju L. Chang is Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at National Taiwan University.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
1 The Importance of Accessing and Browsing Information and Communication
I Accessing Information and Communication
2 Perspectives on Access in Six Research Literatures
3 Common Concepts across Research Literatures
4 Unique Aspects across Research Literature, and a Preliminary Framework of Access
5 A Research Approach: Access
6 Results: Testing the Framework of Access
7 Results: Refining the Framework of Access
8 Summary and Implications of the Framework of Access
II Browsing Information and Communication
9 Perspectives on Browsing in Six Research Literatures
10 A Preliminary Framework of Browsing
11 A Research Approach: Browsing
12 Results: Testing the Framework of Browsing
13 Results: Motivating Themes and Patterns of Browsing
14 Results: A Refined Framework of Browsing
15 Future Research and Implications for the Frameworks of Accessing and Browsing Information and Communication

What People are Saying About This

Christine L. Borgman

In the networked world, browsing has supplanted direct searching as the primary means to locate information. Rice, McCready, and Chang bring together the diverse body of research on browsing in a useful form that will be a basic source for scholars and students of information-related behavior.

J. David Johnson

Richly detailed case studies and helpful narrative tables enliven this very systematic and orderly review of the access and browsing literature relevant to information and communication.

Gary Marchionini

This work presents a useful framework for browsing as a basic human activity for the online age. The examples and ideas are drawn from a range of disciplines and are woven together in a readable and scholarly volume.

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