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      Exploring information experiences through phenomenography

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      Library and Information Research
      University of Alberta Libraries

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          Phenomenography is a qualitative research approach that seeks to explore variation in how people experience various aspects of their world. Phenomenography has been used in numerous information research studies that have explored various phenomena of interest in the library and information sphere. This paper provides an overview of the phenomenographic method and discusses key assumptions that underlie this approach to research. Aspects including data collection, data analysis and the outcomes of phenomenographic research are also detailed. The paper concludes with an illustration of how phenomenography was used in research to investigate students’ experiences of web-based information searching. The results of this research demonstrate how the phenomenographic approach yields insights into variation, making it possible to develop greater understanding of the phenomenon as it was experienced, and to draw upon these experiences to improve and enhance current practice.

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          Journal
          Library and Information Research
          LIR
          University of Alberta Libraries
          1756-1086
          0141-6561
          September 28 2012
          September 27 2012
          : 36
          : 112
          : 96-119
          Article
          10.29173/lirg496
          68318494-3e3a-4692-97f3-6d7e35e5fab0
          © 2012
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