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Reference group theory with implications for information studies: a theoretical essay

By E. Murell Dawson and Elfreda A. Chatman


This article explores the role and implications of reference group theory in relation to the field of library and information science. Reference group theory is based upon the principle that people take the standards of significant others as a basis for making self-appraisals, comparisons, and choices regarding need and use of information. Research that applies concepts of reference group theory to various sectors of library and information studies can provide data useful in enhancing areas such as information-seeking research, special populations, and uses of information. Implications are promising that knowledge gained from like research can be beneficial in helping information professionals better understand the role theory plays in examining ways in which people manage their information and social worlds

Topics: reference group theory, library science, librarianship, information science, use of information, information need, information-seeking research, Bibliography. Library science. Information resources, Z, DOAJ:Library and Information Science, DOAJ:Social Sciences
Publisher: University of Sheffield
Year: 2001
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