Cognitive barriers to information seeking: A conceptual analysis

  title={Cognitive barriers to information seeking: A conceptual analysis},
  author={Reijo Savolainen},
  journal={Journal of Information Science},
  pages={613 - 623}
  • Reijo Savolainen
  • Published 1 October 2015
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Information Science
Based on the conceptual analysis, the study examines the features of cognitive barriers and their impact on information seeking. The study resulted in a typology specifying six sub-types of cognitive barriers: unwillingness to see one’s needs as information needs, inability to articulate one’s information needs, unawareness of information sources, low self-efficacy, poor search skills and inability to deal with information overload. The sub-types were reviewed at two stages of the information… 

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