Examples of the range of LIMB cited in information science literature

Author(s) Lay Info Mediary Behaviour (LIMB)* Population % LIMB**
Fisher, et al. (2009) LIMB public library computer users TBD
Abrahamson, Fisher, et al. (2008) Health LIMB Online consumer health info seekers 20% for last search incident; 80% overall
LaPorta et al. (2007) Health LIMB Internet Cancer Info Service (CIS) users 58%
Saxton, et al. (2007) Proxy info seeking 211 phone info service seekers 13-67%
Gross (1995), Gross & Saxton (2001) Imposed query (proxies) School & public library users 25-43%
Fisher et al. (2005) Strong tie info seeking Community members 40%
Moen & Brennan (2005) Home health info management / LIMB Home health info managers 31-64% LIMB
Morey (2005) Health LIMB (“proxies”) Adult African-Americans 22%
Rioux (2004) Info acquiring & sharing (IA&S) Undergrad & grad students 99%
Spink & Cole (2001) Health LIMB (LIMs as preferred sources) African-American households 43% (as recipient)
Warner & Procaccino (2004) Health LIMB Adult women 64%
Erdelez (1997; Erdelez & Rioux, 2000) Encountering Undergrad & grad students 47%
Twidale, et al (1997) Collaborative browsing & Serendipitous altruism University library/OPAC terminal users 10% (informal observation of collaborative searching)
Pescosolido (1992) Health LIMB (LIMs as preferred sources) Lay medical care decision makers 1975-76 survey 74% (as recipient)
Allen (1970); Metoyer-Duran (1991, 1993); Chu (1995); Agada (1999); Stavri (2001) Gatekeeping R & D lab, ethnolinguistic, & consumer  health info seekers Not reported

*Health LIMB label applied by Abrahamson & Fisher; **Some LIMB statistics interpreted by Abrahamson & Fisher.


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