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Information Search Process: The Information Search Process

What is the Information Search Process?

"The Information Search Process (ISP) is a six stage model of the users’ holistic experience in the process of information seeking," in other words, it seeks to identify what information you need, what questions you may have, and how you may be feeling at each step in the research and writing process. "The model of the ISP describes users’ experience in the process of information seeking as a series of thoughts, feelings, and actions. Thoughts that begin as uncertain, vague, and ambiguous become clearer, more focused, and specific as the search process progresses. Feelings of anxiety and doubt become more confident and certain."

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Overview of the ISP

Infographic by Gavin Damore '16.

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