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Cyber Behaviors in Seeking Information

Cyber Behaviors in Seeking Information
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Author(s): Xiaojun Yuan (University at Albany, State University of New York, USA) and Catherine Dumas (University at Albany, State University of New York, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 18
Source title: Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Zheng Yan (University at Albany - SUNY, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0315-8.ch031

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Abstract

The emergence of rapidly developing Information Technologies, particularly the Internet and digital systems, provide people access to an overwhelming abundance of online resources. This, in turn, makes their information seeking process even more challenging. As an important research area in the field of information science and human computer interaction, human information seeking behavior has been researched for decades. In this entry, the authors focus on human information seeking behaviors in terms of their definition, the interactive, cognitive, contextual, and task aspects, and the intellectual knowledge and history. Since information seeking behaviors are a facet of the relatively new field of cyber behaviors, the chapter also discusses cyber behaviors in information seeking and the future research directions.

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