A model of information practices in accounts of everyday‐life information seeking

Pamela J. McKenzie (Faculty of Information and Media Studies, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Publication date: 1 February 2003


Many research‐based models of information seeking behaviour are limited in their ability to describe everyday life information seeking. Such models tend to focus on active information seeking, to the neglect of less‐directed practices. Models are often based on studies of scholars or professionals, and many have been developed using a cognitive approach to model building. This article reports on the development of a research‐based model of everyday life information seeking and proposes that a focus on the social concept of information practices is more appropriate to everyday life information seeking than the psychological concept of information behaviour The model is derived from a constructionist discourse analysis of individuals’ accounts of everyday life information seeking.



McKenzie, P. (2003), "A model of information practices in accounts of everyday‐life information seeking", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 59 No. 1, pp. 19-40. https://doi.org/10.1108/00220410310457993

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