Pamela J. McKenzie

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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(More)
Studies of everyday life information seeking have begun to attend to incidental forms of information behavior, and this more inclusive understanding of information seeking within broader social practices invites a con-structionist analytical paradigm. Positioning theory is a constructionist framework that has proven useful for studying the ways in which(More)
OBJECTIVE A discourse analysis was conducted of peer-written blogs about the chronic illness endometriosis to understand how bloggers present information sources and make cases for and against the authority of those sources. METHODS Eleven blogs that were authored by endometriosis patients and focused exclusively or primarily on the authors' experiences(More)
InTRODUcTIOn The concept of " traces " or " footprints " is a useful one for the study of the collaborative practices of informing (see, for example, Foster, 2006, pp. 340-347). Documents may be seen to carry the traces of the subjects and objects they describe (Frohmann, 2008), and users of physical or digital documents may leave behind evidence of their(More)