Judgments during information seeking: emerging themes from an exploratory study into the concept of enough information

5 Sep 2006

This paper by Jennifer Berryman reports on ongoing doctoral research into how, in an information-rich environment, workers assess they have enough information to complete the task at hand. While human information behaviour researchers are beginning to explore the concept of enough information, the subtleties that shape this assessment remain under-researched. This exploratory research took a naturalistic orientation to investigate the phenomenon enough information from a user perspective. The research was designed as a multiple case study, with semi-structured interviews the data gathering technique. A first interview explored the nature of the context in which participants worked. A second joint interview focused on how participants sought information and assessed they had enough. Research participants were public sector policy and research workers in Australia, engaged in real information seeking activity.

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