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A guide to research for students.
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2009 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Information Search Process Model

  • Initiating a Research Assignment  
    Feelings, apprehensions and uncertainity
  • Selecting a Topic  
    Feelings: confusion, sometimes anxiety, brief elation, anticipation
  • Exploring Information  
    Description feelings: confusion, uncertainity, doubt, sometimes threat
  • Formulating a Focus  
    Feelings: optimism, confidence in ability to complete task
  • Collecting Information  
    Feelings: realization of extensive work to be done, confidence in ability to complete task, increased interest
  • Preparing to Present  
    Feelings: sense of relief, sometimes satisfaction, sometimes disappointment
  • Information Search Process

    The Information Search Process is a holistic view of information seeking that addresses feelings, thoughts and actions.  Carol Kuhlthau is the designer of the Information Search Process. She did extensive research with students and came up with this model that addresses not just the academic piece of research but what is going on inside the student as well.

    The Information Search Process Model was published in 1985 in Carol Kuhlthau's book Teaching the Library Research Process and was updated in 1994.

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