Date

1966

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Adviser

Wuest, Francis J.

Abstract

Many recent studies have attempted to investigate the behavioral aspects ofthe information gathering process. Generally, these studies have developed an insight into the ways by which scientists obtain information, and have developed the methodology for such studies. A number of studies have also sought to determine the actual information needs of scientists. Generally neglected, however, are attempts to discover (a) why individuals prefer certain methods, (b) what attributes of information gathering methods are important, and (c) if the study of the information seeking process should be restricted to research scientists. The purpose of this study is to investigate such questions, is an attempt to make the interpretation of results from information-user studies more meaningful.

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