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"Extracting" was the sixth and final stage in Ellis' initial model. Once the faculty
member discovered the desired source, the faculty member then began to work through
the source "to locate material of interest."
In their study of physical scientists while verifying the six-stage model, Ellis et al.
(1993) added two additional stages to the model. These stages were "Verifying" and
"Ending." In "Verifying," the faculty member attempted to check the discovered source
for errors in data gathering, research design, statistical calculations, citations, and
reputation of the author. The social scientists reported that this was only a minor concern
to their information seeking behavior. "Ending" occurred at the finish of a project when
the faculty member returned to the literature for one last review to find any additional
sources of information on the topic of interest.
These stages did not occur in the sequence or order given in the model. Ellis
(1989a) noted "The six features of the model [original model] together represent the
major generic characteristics of the social scientists' individual information seeking
patterns, and any individual pattern can, therefore, be described in terms of the features of
the model." The actual order of the behaviors in which a faculty member seeks
information could vary depending "on the unique circumstances of the information
seeking activities of the person concerned at that particular point in time" (p. 178).
In his research with a Norwegian colleague, Ellis and Haugan (1997) used the
same techniques as those used to develop the original Ellis behavioral model to conduct a
study of a group of research scientists and engineers of a large oil and gas company. The
authors wanted to describe their information seeking activities in their daily work
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