Articles, Papers, and Talks by Diane Nahl
Conceptual Framework for Explaining Information Behavior
Three congruent theoretical approaches to defining and measuring
information behaviors are reviewed, representing three compatible
theories within the behavioral
tradition in social and information sciences. The taxonomic approach
focuses on identifying
the levels and sub-components of information behaviors in the
and sensorimotor domains. The psychodynamic approach focuses on
within the self between affective uncertainty and cognitive
ethnomethodological approach focuses on the communicative meaning of
new information and its role in
the lives of users. (SIMILE--Studies in Media & Information
Literacy Education Volume 1,
Issue 2 (May 2001) © University of Toronto Press.)
Research: Problem-Solving Through Systematic Assessment
Full text of my Keynote speech to the American Library Association,
Association of College and Research Libraries, Instruction Section
Annual Meeting Program.
The User-Centered Revolution: 1970-1995
Full text of a pre-publication version of an article in the
Encyclopedia of Microcomputers
(1996, Vol.19, pp.143-199), and reprinted in the Encyclopedia of
Library and Information
Science (in press).
Elaborations of Boolean Search Instructions for Novices: Effects on
Comprehension,Self-Confidence, and Error Type
Text of my ASIS paper for the Annual Meeting in Chicago, October 1995.
Discusses boolean thinking and semantic leakage in the
search statements of novice users and how affective instructions c
an improve search comprehension, performance and self-confidence. You
can also see the instructions
Affective Monitoring of Internet Learners: Perceived
Self-efficacy and Success
This is the text of my ASIS 1996 presentation.
Counseling Inventory of Affective and Cognitive Reactions while
Learning the Internet
Information Counseling Inventory of Affective and Cognitive Reactions
while Learning the Internet
A pre-publication version of an article published in Internet
Reference Services Quarterly: A Journal of Innovative Practice,
Technologies, and Resources (Haworth Press, Inc.) 1997. (in press)
Focus, Engagement, and Acceptance: Three Phases of Adapting to Internet
An article published in EJVC:
Electronic Journal on Virtual Culture, identifying three basic
phases of learning to be a lifelong Web user.
Dealing With Stress and Pressure in the Vehicle. Taxonomy
of Driving Behavior: Affective, Cognitive, Sensorimotor (with Dr.
Leon James) In J. Peter Rothe, Editor. Driving Lessons - Exploring
Make Traffic Safer. University of Alberta Press, Edmonton, Canada
This is the full text version of my study on how to create
point-of-use instructions, and its effects on search behavior and
will also find here a copy of the Taxonomyof Affective Speech Acts and a visual
representation of the Searcher's
Information Searching Competence: 1990
Leon A. James and Diane Nahl. College
& Research Libraries 51 (5): 448-462
of Information Searching behavior
Affective, Cognitive and Sensorimotor Domains. This is the text of a
research proposal by Diane Nahl and Leon James to the National Science Foundation.
Applied Psycholinguistics in Social Psychology: An
A technical article on speech act analysis with Leon James.
Empirical Method for the Study of Topic Domains in Psychology
My undergraduate research on Dr. M.E. Bitterman's vitae for the History
of Psychology course. The experiment investigated the conceptual
organization of Bitterman's comparative psychology work studying
learning in various species using a method to empirically determine the
subject categories of his research area. I did not think of getting an
MLS until the following year.
Concordance Contrasts Technique (ICCT)
Written in 1976, I present a new "indexical method" for contrasting
subject content across time. Illustrated with the "D" sections of The
Principles of Psychology by William James, 1897 and The
American Psychological Association
Introduction to the Generational Curriculum and the Daily
See my collaborative efforts with colleague Leon James on principles
and applications of the community classroom approach -- ongoing since
1975. See also: Society's Witnesses
Applied Psycholinguistics for the 1980s: Student-Done
Discourse Analysis and the Videotape Language Lab.
A brief analysis of the decades since the 1950s, with Leon James.
The Social Psychology of Altruistic Book Handling
An teaching experiment in 1983 involving level 3 affective skills, with