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Perspectives of Information Seeking and Gathering Behavior in High-Risk Professions

David Blair email:; Brian C.O’Connor; Laurie J.Bonnici; Bradley S.Chilton email:; Baris Aksakal email:

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


Learning is an ongoing process that is a combination of different factors. Information Studies needs to understand the deeper motivations of info-seeking behavior. Very few researches have focused on the information seeking and gathering behavior aspect of street-wise information seeking and gathering. This panel proposes to shed light on an approach that will break down a subject to its simplest possible form for learning, teaching, expertise and human aspect of searching. It is really important to note that information sources improve efficiency, but it is also important how and where you retrieve the formal information (books, journals, articles, textbooks, etc.) and the informal information (knowledge, experience, wisdom, etc.) and how you adapt them to your daily life or your job. It is also essential that when an unexpected problem occurs, your way of resolving the problem under those conditions should be consistent and should be in a convenient manner to pass on to followers. We propose to prove that Social Science research can provide this information through the lens of Information Science.

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