Authors: Eszter Hargittai and Amanda Hinnant
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Citation: Hargittai, E. & Hinnant, A. (2005). Toward a Social Framework for Information Seeking. In New Directions in Human Information Behavior. Edited by Amanda Spink and Charles Cole. New York: Springer. 55-70.
In this chapter we focus on new directions in the development of a social framework for understanding the information behavior of well-targeted groups in society. That is, we explore how one’s social positioning influences one’s information behavior which, in turn, influences the information-seeking behavior of the populations studied. We concentrate especially on human information behavior (HIB) through information technologies, but base our discussion in a more general framework of HIB encompassing other sources. We integrate work from information science, sociology and other disciplines to argue for a more holistic approach to the study of HIB. We outline both conceptual and methodological challenges facing the field of HIB and, for each, suggest specific directions for future research.
- Chapter Roadmap
- Conceptual Framework
- Social Attributes
- Context of Information-Seeking Behavior
- Social Support
- Goals and Purposes
- Methodological Framework
- New Methods of Data Collection
- More Diverse Populations
- New Measurements
- Skill and Digital Literacy
- Social Support
- Concerns Regarding Measurement Validity
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