An investigation of information seeking behaviour of computer science and information technology undergraduates: a qualitative approach

Saad, M.S.M.; Zainab, A.N. (2009) An investigation of information seeking behaviour of computer science and information technology undergraduates: a qualitative approach. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 14 (3). pp. 15-34. ISSN 1394-6234

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    Abstract

    It is a common fallacy to assume that undergraduates are skilled in finding and evaluating resources for their various learning needs. Information professionals need to find out strategies and courses of action undertaken by undergraduate students in order to perhaps improve information literacy skills or user education programmes. This qualitative study uses the diary, emails interaction and in depth face to face interview approach involving 14 final year Computer Science and Information Technology undergraduates whom shared their information search and use process. The objectives of this study are to find out the followings: (a) the decision on deciding research topics by final year students; (b) the sources and channels of information they use and prefer; (c) the utility of libraries and librarians; (d) the use of the Internet; (e) the search strategies adopted; (f) their thoughts on intellectual property and ethical issues. Among the main information sources used were the Internet, books and previous final year project reports. They also seem to rely a lot on their friends and lecturers as their source of information. Very few used journal articles, seminar papers or other sources. An understanding of their information seeking behaviour patterns is the focus of this paper. Informants' thoughts and feeling on the library services and the ethical use of information will be shared.

    Item Type: Article
    Creators:
    1. Saad, M.S.M.
    2. Zainab, A.N.(Department of Library & Information Science, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology Building, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
    Journal or Publication Title: Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science
    Additional Information: Saad, Mohd Sharif Mohd Zainab, A. N.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: User studies; Information literacy; Information seeking behaviour; Qualitative study; Undergraduates
    Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
    Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology > Dept of Library & Information Science Unit
    Depositing User: Miss Nur Jannatul Adnin Ahmad Shafawi
    Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 08:11
    Last Modified: 31 Oct 2014 20:56
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/6141

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