Comprehensive Exams Reading List

I will take comprehensive exams starting on January 23, 2021. The fact that 01-23-21 is a palindrome was not the reason for selecting this date (working in academia was), but I’ll take it as a good omen.

My advisor recommended that I make a reading list for comps to refer to when answering the questions. Thus, my goal for the winter holiday was to draft such a list. After spending a month combing through all of the materials I’ve encountered in my doctorate, these are the ones that seem most pertinent to comps. Hopefully this bibliography is helpful for someone else, too.

The topics covered include health information seeking, information poverty, queer theory, crip theory, and sense-making.

Comprehensive Exams Reading List, Version 20121230

  1. Agarwal, N. K. (2012). Making sense of sense-making: Tracing the history and development of Dervin’s Sense-Making Methodology. Int. Perspect. Hist. Inf. Sci. Technol. Proc. ASIS&T, 13.
  2. Buckland, M. K. (1991). Information as thing. Journal of the American Society forInformation Science, 42(5), 351–360.
  3. Butler, J. (2004). Undoing Gender. Routledge.
  4. Case, D. O., & Given, L. M. (Eds.). (2016). Looking for information: A survey of research on information seeking, needs, and behavior. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  5. Chandler, D., & Munday, R. (2020). Shannon and Weaver’s model. In A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3rd.). Oxford University Press.
  6. Chatman, E. A. (1996). The impoverished life-world of outsiders. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 47(3), 193–206.
  7. Chatman, E. A. (1999). A theory of life in the round. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 50, 207–217.
  8. Dervin, B. (1998). Sense‐making theory and practice: An overview of user interests in knowledge seeking and use. Journal of Knowledge Management, 2(2), 36–46.
  9. Dervin, B. (1999). On studying information seeking methodologically: The implications of connecting metatheory to method. Information Processing & Management, 35(6), 727–750.
  10. Dervin, B. L. (2010a). Clear . . . unclear? Accurate . . . inaccurate? Objective . . . subjective? Research . . . practice? Why polarities impede the research, practice and design of information systems and how Sense-Making Methodology attempts to bridge the gaps. Part 1: Communicating across polarities. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 16(5), 994–997.
  11. Dervin, B. L. (2010b). Clear . . . unclear? Accurate . . . inaccurate? Objective . . . subjective? Research . . . practice? Why polarities impede the research, practice and design of information systems and how Sense-Making Methodology attempts to bridge the gaps. Part 2: Communicating across polarities. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 16(5), 998–1001.
  12. Dervin, B., Foreman-Wernet, L., & Lauterbach, E. (2003). Sense-making methodology reader: Selected writings of Brenda Dervin.
  13. Fisher, K. E., Erdelez, S., & McKechnie, L. (2005). Theories of information behavior. Medford, New Jersey: Information Today, Inc.
  14. Fotopoulou, A. (2012). Intersectionality queer studies and hybridity: methodological frameworks for social research. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 13(2), 19–32.
  15. Godbold, N. (2006). Beyond information seeking: Towards a general model of information behaviour. Information Research, 11(4). www.informationr.net/ir/11-4/paper269.html
  16. Greenblatt, E. (2011). Serving LGBTIQ library and archives users: Essays on outreach, service, collections and access. McFarland & Co.
  17. Johnson, D., & Case. D. (2012). Health information seeking. New York: Peter Lang.
  18. Keilty, P., & Dean, R. (2013). Feminist and queer information studies reader. Litwin Books. 
  19. Lambert, S. D., & Loiselle, C. G. (2007). Health Information-Seeking Behavior. Qualitative Health Research, 17(8), 1006–1019.
  20. MacKenzie, D., & Wajcman, J. (1999). Introductory essay: the social shaping of technology. In The social shaping of technology (D. MacKenzie & J. Wajcman, Eds.). Open University Press.
  21. McKenzie, P. J. (2003). A model of information practices in accounts of everyday-life information seeking. Journal of Documentation, 59(1), 19–40. 
  22. Reinhard, C. D., & Dervin, B. (2012). Comparing situated sense-making processes in virtual worlds: Application of Dervin’s Sense-Making Methodology to media reception situations. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 18(1), 27–48.
  23. Rutledge Shields, V., & Dervin, B. (1993). Sense-making in feminist social science research. Women’s Studies International Forum, 16(1), 65–81.
  24. Sweeney, M. E., & Brock, A. (2014). Critical informatics: New methods and practices. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 51(1), 1–8.
  25. Wilson, T. D. (1999). Models in information behaviour research. Journal of Documentation, 55(3), 249–270.
  26. Wilson, T. D. (2000). Human information behavior. Informing science, 3(2), 49-56.

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