Literary critics at work and their information needs: A research-phases model

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This article focuses on the information needs of literary critics when producing literary criticism. A fundamental aspect of this research, the six-stage model of producing literary criticism, was developed from interviews with literary critics. Using a mail survey, the model was tested and substantiated. The research-phases model provides the context to understand the function of information at each of the identified stages of literary criticism, that is, idea generation, preparation, elaboration, analysis and writing, dissemination, and further writing and dissemination. The model is contrasted with research-phases models of other disciplines. This holistic approach, linking information functions to research stages, advances the study of information-seeking behavior in context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-273
Number of pages27
JournalLibrary and Information Science Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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