Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Journal

ASIS&T

Volume

54

Issue

1

First Page

289

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1002/pra2.2017.14505401032

Last Page

297

Abstract

We investigate historians' experiences with serendipity in both physical and digital environments through an online survey. Through a combination of qualitative and quantitative data analyses, our preliminary findings show that many digital historians select a specific digital environment because of the expectation that it may elicit a serendipitous experience. Historians also create heuristic methods of using digital tools to integrate elements of serendipity into their research practice. Four features of digital environments were identified by participants as supporting serendipity: exploration, highlighted triggers, allowed for keyword searching and connected them to other people.


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