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Abstract

This paper presents a study that took an interdisciplinary approach to investigating historians' information-seeking behavior (ISB) during their historical research. The author reviewed the literature of library and information science, archival science, and history to compare their findings on historians' ISB to a model of social scientists' ISB developed by Lokman I. Meho and Helen R. Tibbo. The results show that the differences between the two groups' ISBs are caused by certain unique qualities of historical research, in particular, historians' frequent use of archival materials and institutions. This paper discusses the implications for archival institutions.