I came across a very interesting article today, about the Information Search Process. Apparently we all go through the same stages when we try to uptain information from a large information set.

The following stages were identified:
1. Initiation
2. Selection
3. Exploration
4. Formulation
5. Collection
6. Presentation

In the article which is a little dated, they observed students who were trying to find their way around a library, but the same process is applicable to somebody trying to find something on the Internet. So chances are that you went through the same steps to get here.