Accessibility and utility of library resources in research methodology course: A case of non-science students at the University of Malaya

Azman, Muhammad Danial and Hamidi, Mashitah and Ong, Siew Kian (2018) Accessibility and utility of library resources in research methodology course: A case of non-science students at the University of Malaya. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 23 (3). pp. 93-111. ISSN 1394-6234

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Abstract

This paper investigates the accessibility and utility of library resources when studying research methodology among the non-science students at the University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur. It addresses the primary concerns of accessibility and utility among students when engaging library resources and undertaking the core subject “Research Methodology” both at the faculty level, as well as at three departments under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In doing so, survey questionnaires were distributed among students doing research methodology across three distinct yet interrelated subfields of the Arts and Social Sciences, namely Anthropology and Sociology, Chinese Studies, and International and Strategic Studies. This descriptive study employs both quantitative and qualitative data gathering techniques through: (a) survey captured through an email invitation to a specific target of undergraduate and postgraduate students who have completed their research methodology course; (b) a focus group discussion (FGD) conducted to discuss students’ responses toward initial findings from the surveys. The findings indicate that despite the pivotal role played by the library in facilitating the learning of research method, there is greater need to recognise the specific needs of library resources in research methodology in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This should be able to help the acquisition division of respective university libraries in their future planning, particularly given the variety and diversity of research traditions in the non-science discipline.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research methods courses; Library resources; Library usage; Academic libraries; Arts and Social Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Libraries > Library science. Information science
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Muhammad Danial Azman
Date Deposited: 26 Dec 2018 01:49
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2018 01:49
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/19814

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