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4. Deciding: on the value of any results of working on the need
5. Closing: the effort to work on the need (1999, p. 17)
Westbrook indicated that these actions could take place in any order or lead to entirely
new searches for information.
Although browsing from Ellis' model was not one of the elements in Westbrook's
model, her informants did report they used the browsing behavior to find needed
information in bookstores, libraries, and exhibits (1999, p. 110). For further information
and analysis of the importance of browsing in the information seeking process, see Chang
Leckie (1996) wrote an entertaining article on a subject that frustrates all
academic reference librarians: why faculty members make assignments and then assume
their students know how to find the resources to complete the assignment? Another way
to express this frustration was that faculty members simply tell their students to go to the
library and the librarians will help you with the assignment. Leckie described the faculty
research process as the "Expert Researcher" model (p. 202). After years of
apprenticeship, better known as graduate school, most faculty members began a life-long
process of research and scholarship. Because they were often pressed for time, most
faculty members maintained extensive personal libraries and subscriptions to those
periodical sources that concentrate on their respective fields of study. The typical faculty
member devoted a great deal of time each week to keeping up with the literature. As a
result, the faculty member had an extensive knowledge of the current scholarship within a
particular field of study. Unless the faculty member began researching a topic in a new
field, there was rarely a need for comprehensive bibliographic searches for new literature.
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