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Author(s): Wilson, T.D.

Journal: Svensk Biblioteksforskning
ISSN 0284-4354

Volume: 15;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: library and information science | open access | digital resources | reading

ABSTRACT
The aim of this paper is to explore the role of information science within the context of communication in society: consequently, ‘information science’ is here defined predominantly as a social science. Clearly, there are aspects of information, its organization and communication, that are explored outside a social science framework. The most obvious of these is information retrieval research, where the methods employed could not be labelled ‘sociological’ under any definition. [Of course, we might speculate as to whether information retrieval research might benefit from a sociological approach and, if so, what benefits might follow – but that would be another paper.]

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