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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A solid overview of theories of information behavior 25 Jan. 2011
By L. N. - Published on
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I read about a third of this book for my Intro to Information Behavior class in my MLIS program. Although the sheer number of theories/paradigms/whatevers was overwhelming at first, and the information in the introductory chapters was debatable and at times clear as mud, I quickly came to appreciate this book.

Each of the 70+ chapters is a 1 - 3 page summary of a particular IB theory. These summaries are extremely helpful for beginning MLIS students who need a quick explanation of a theory mentioned in class, or an overview of a theory they read about a few weeks ago but can't quite remember, or who just want to browse through some more IB theories.
Invaluable resource for Information Science 16 May 2013
By Oleh Wolansky - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Many people (not me) struggle with the sheer number of theories, meta-theories and methodologies contained in this veritable one-stop source. Personally, I found the reading slightly difficult at first, but as this text was supplemented with actual primary sources of the theories, it became easier to subsume. The only problem I encountered with this book is not being able to apply all the theories for a term paper. They all seem to be foundationally solid and relative to many subjects. There is not a single chapter that isn't applicable for cross-disciplinary exigencies. After becoming acquainted with some of the theories, I found it very easy to understand each subsequent chapter. Now I can revisit any page, and from the context, be able to infer which theory is being discussed without any lack of comprehension.

The authors of this text have a very pithy way of expressing the ideas in a simplified format that doesn't sacrifice the quality of the writing. This book is very highly regarded in the Library/IS academic community due to its accessibility and quality. Ask any of the scholars whose works are included inside of this text if they are satisfied with the contributors summaries of the sometimes complex theories? If I could give a higher rating, I would.
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Academic Review of 10 July 2006
By Jim Jansen - Published on
Format: Hardcover

My concerns with the book are related to ``what is theory?'' and ``what are the important theories?''.
First, the ``what is theory?''. To say that some of the positions presented in each chapter are theories
is really pushing the label of theory. Certainly, many of the paradigms do not measure up to the
definition of theory that the editors of the book state in the preface or which are in the leading chapter
of section one.
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