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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2014, Vol. 30 Issue (12): 1-9    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2014.12.01
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An Experimental Study on Collaborative Information Seeking Behavior in Community Environment
Wu Dan, Xiang Xue
School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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[Objective] This paper aims to explore how the community type and task difficulty influence the collaborative information seeking behavior. [Methods] Data collection methods include questionnaires, Web log analysis and semi-structured interview. Data analysis methods include statistical analysis and content analysis. [Results] In terms of the community type, compared with non-community, the community has more behaviors of Recommend, it does not depend on the retrieval system when inputting queries, its collaborative approaches are more diverse, it has advantages on the awareness of task knowledge. However, the profession community has no obvious differences with the interest community on any aspect. In terms of the task difficulty, it only influences the methods of issuing queries and confidence of completing the tasks. [Limitations] This paper researches on the real community. It should investigate virtual community and more types of communities in the future. [Conclusions] The community type and task difficulty have different degrees of influence on the different aspects of collaborative information seeking behavior. The factor of community has more influences than the factor of task. And the differences between the community and non-community are obvious, however, the differences between the profession community and the interest community are not significant.

Key wordsCollaborative information search      Information seeking behavior      Community     
Received: 20 June 2014      Published: 20 January 2015
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Wu Dan, Xiang Xue. An Experimental Study on Collaborative Information Seeking Behavior in Community Environment. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2014, 30(12): 1-9.

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