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Table 1 Types and order of information sources consulted to address an information need

From: The application of foraging theory to the information searching behaviour of general practitioners

Type of information source 1st source
(n = 71)
2nd source
(n = 26)
3rd source
(n = 12)
All sources
(n = 109)
Colleague 36.6% 42.3% 33.3% 37.6%
Book 26.8% 15.4% 8.3% 22%
Website 12.7% 15.4% 33.3% 15.6%
Search engine 12.7% 7.7% 8.3% 11%
Database 2.8% 11.5% 8.3% 5.5%
Journal 2.8% 3.8% 0% 2.7%
Other 5.6% 3.8% 8.3% 5.5%