Bringing out the everyday in everyday information behavior

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to argue that scholars in the information behavior (IB) field should embrace the theoretical framework of the everyday to explore a more holistic view of IB. Design/methodology/approach: The paper describes the theory of the everyday and delineates four opportunities offered by scholars of the everyday. The paper concludes with three examples that highlight what a more everyday-focused everyday information behavior might look like. Findings: The theory of the everyday provides a useful theoretical framework to ground research addressing the everyday world as well as useful concepts for analysis and research methodology. Originality/value: The theoretical framework of the everyday contributes to IB research by providing a theoretical justification for work addressing everyday life as well as useful concepts for analysis. The paper also outlines the benefits of integrating methods influenced by institutional ethnography, a methodology previously used to address the nuances of the everyday world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-411
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Documentation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2018


  • Critical theory
  • Cultural theory
  • Everyday information behaviour
  • Everyday life
  • Information behaviour
  • Research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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