Date of Award
Quantitative Research Methods
Grounded theory, Information behavior, Information seeking process, Search experience, Search process
This Grounded theory study explores US adults' modern information search process as they pursue information through digital search user interfaces and tools. To study the current search process, a systematic grounded theory methodology and two data collection methods, a think-aloud protocol and semi-structured interviews, are used to develop the theory. The emerging theory addressed two tightly connected research questions that asked, “What is the process by which humans search and discover information?” and “What is the process by which search and discovery interfaces and tools support the modern search process?”
The study collects participant data from US adults who have recently completed internet-based searches or were employed as reference librarians or information specialists that regularly support internet-based searches. The 40 data collection events, 20 interviews, and 20 think-aloud search activities are constant comparatively analyzed. This analysis shows the importance of validating information during the search process as 1) establishing accurate information needs and 2) verifying information results. This theory and study findings can be applied to modern search interface designs or used to update modern information literacy curriculums.
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Parés, Nicolas Armando, "Digital Searching: A Grounded Theory Study on the Modern Search Experience" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2150.
Received from ProQuest
Nicolas Armando Parés
Information science, Educational evaluation, Computer science
Computer Sciences Commons, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Commons, Information Literacy Commons