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Human Information Behavior (17:610:510)

Library research guide for Human Information Behavior (17:610:510).


Human information behavior is the study of interactions between people and the various patterns, propositions, semantic content, data, and so on that (arguably) fall under the rubric of “information”; it also extends to the situations or contexts in which these interactions occur. This guide supports inquiry in the area of human information behavior and research assignments associated with 17:610:510 Human Information Behavior


Background Research: general knowledge about the discourse

What are the contexts associated with the topic/issue, and which context will you be exploring?

What terms are used in the topic's discourse, and do they vary depending on academic discipline?

Are there controversies associated with the topic/issue?

Who are the key figures and organizations related to the topic/issue?

Are there significant political, social, technological, or cultural events that have impacted the topic/issue?


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