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routines and for special projects. Ellis and Haugan's study resulted in a behavioral model
similar to the one used to describe the information seeking behaviors of social and
physical sciences faculty members. Again, it was an eight-stage model. The eight stages
were "Surveying," "Chaining," "Monitoring," "Browsing," "Distinguishing," "Filtering,"
"Extracting," and "Ending."
Ellis and Haugan described "Surveying" as the initial stage "in the beginning of a
project's life cycle to approach a new or unfamiliar subject field and is recognized as a
method for planned information gathering among the researchers" (p. 395). This
"Surveying" stage was the equivalent of the "Starting" stage in the original model.
The "Chaining," "Monitoring," "Browsing," "Distinguishing," "Extracting," and
"Ending" stages in the new model had similar purposes as those in the original model.
Ellis and Haugan did note that "The decision to stop following a chain of references is
usually based on the time available, while the chaining of personal contacts depends on
the knowledge the persons possess, their willingness to give information, and if they
know the names of others who are more knowledgeable" (p. 396).
The "Filtering" stage in the new model was similar to the "Verifying" stage in the
original model. Ellis and Haugan described their subjects use of "certain criteria or
mechanisms when searching for information, to make the information as relevant and
precise as possible" (p. 399). One of the major differences between the faculty members
studied in the original research and the research scientists and engineers studied by Ellis
and Haugan was the pressing element of time. The research scientists and engineers had
more time pressures to complete their research and information searching than the faculty
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