A non-linear perspective on information seeking

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This chapter explores human information behavior (HIB) from within a non-linear perspective. The perspective offers a more fully developed framework for HIB in terms of non-linear, dynamic, and complex inter-relationships of behavior, activity, and context. Previously, the preserve of the sciences, the concept of non-linearity, or non-sequential behavior has existed in information science as a generality or passing comment for some years. It was not until recently that empirical research led to the development of a non-linear model of information-seeking behavior. This chapter highlights the nature of non-linearity, discusses recent developments in the field, and suggests some of the implications that arise from this new perspective for the study of HIB.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Directions in Human Information Behavior
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781402036705, 1402036701
ISBN (Print)9781402036675, 1402036671
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameInformation Science and Knowledge Management
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISSN (Print)1568-1300


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