publication . Article . 2009

Informal Information Sources and Information Seeking Behavior: Investigating the Causes and Factors Affecting Users’ Inclination towards Informal Information Sources

Reza Mokhtarpour;
Open Access Persian
  • Published: 01 Jul 2009 Journal: Iranian Journal of Information Processing & Management, volume 24, issue 4, pages 127-141 (issn: 2251-8223, eissn: 2251-8231, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Iranian Research Institute for Information and Technology
Research within Library and Information Sciences bespeaks of the significant tendency of (expert and non-expert) users towards informal information sources. Nevertheless, it seems that the literature have not dealt adequately with causes and factors affecting such tendency. The present paper provides a retrospect on some of the researches conducted with respect to the typology of information resources used by searchers. It further attempts to enunciate the most important reasons for users preference toward informal information sources. The author maintains that the very social nature of man, the principle of least effort, human sense of credulity, economic consi...
free text keywords: Informal Information Sources, Information Behavior, Information Seeking Behavior, lcsh:Bibliography. Library science. Information resources, lcsh:Z

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