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Table 1 Common information-seeking tasks of field testers.

From: Collaborative development of the Arrowsmith two node search interface designed for laboratory investigators

• Learn a field for the first time
• keep up with advances in one's own field
• find specific items of information (facts)
• browse, keep up with science in general
• find information in a different field relevant to one's own, or related to a collaboration
• prepare a paper, grant proposal or review article
• follow-up on an unexpected finding
• assess an hypothesis or new idea