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Information Behavior

This course explores information behaviors: how people seek and use information. It includes associated models and theories.

How do people seek and interact with information? That specific aspect of information literacy has garnered great interest, especially with the advent of the Internet and social media. Many factors impact strategies, from personal to context: developmental issues, personality, existing information literacy level,  gender, culture, purpose, situation, available resources.

By analyzing information-seeking behaviors and identifying patterns, librarians and other educators can develop effective interventions to improve those behaviors. It should be noted that the perspective taken to examine such behaviors impacts the analysis; educators are encouraged to start with the user orientation.


Basic information literacy

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

Identify representative information seeking behaviors.

Identify representiative behaviors describing people's interaction with information.

Identify representative ways that people use information.

Identify representative models and theories of information behavior.

Suggest effective interventions to help people interact effectively with information.


Compare information models and theories.

Recommend interventions to improve people's information behaviors.

Other Information

Most applicable to information and library science programs