Notes on the search process

Hi everyone,
I thought you might find it useful if I posted some photos of the notes I made in class yesterday about the research process:

This is the Search Process as described by Information Scientist Carol Kuhlthau (more info on her research, if you’re interested). One of the things I find most fascinating about her work is that she looks at how our emotions vary during the stages of searching and research (hence the smiley and frowny faces at the end of this list).

Here’s the other sketch I made yesterday to emphasize that, while searching and research is often described as linear, proceeding on a straight line from start to finish, it really isn’t. It’s recursive, with constant loops back depending on the results of your research. We’ll talk more about this tomorrow.

–Prof Smale


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