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Human Information InteractionAn Ecological Approach to Information Behavior$
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Raya Fidel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017008

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017008.001.0001

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Five Search Strategies

Five Search Strategies

(p.97) 5 Five Search Strategies
Human Information Interaction

Raya Fidel

The MIT Press

Search strategy is a concept related to human information behavior and has generated strong research interest with the introduction of the World Wide Web. Whereas information need is relatively stable and triggers a search process, search strategy is a dynamic process and reflects the activities when one is seeking information. This chapter examines five search strategies, discusses the conditions that influence the use of a strategy, and proposes a view on search strategies that is relevant to information systems design. The five search strategies are browsing strategy, analytical strategy, empirical strategy, known site strategy, and similarity strategy.

Keywords:   search strategy, browsing strategy, analytical strategy, empirical strategy, known site strategy, similarity strategy, human information behavior, information need, information systems, systems design

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